Mental health awareness week is so important because despite 1 in 4 of us experiencing problems, the topic is still surrounded by a lot of stigma and discrimination. Just as we all strive for good physical health, our mental health and wellbeing should be equally important.
So many people in the UK are struggling without help and it’s only through raising awareness, education and communication that we can challenge stigma and start to have these conversations. It’s so important to talk.
As a society it’s so important to challenge the stigma and discrimination because it doesn’t matter how old you are, your gender or even your job: mental health doesn’t discriminate, anyone can be effected. With 1 in 4 of us being effected at some time in our life, it’s important to consider the wider impact on friends and family, because actually that would mean most of society will be effected in some way.
What Is Mental Health?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behaviour could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
– Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
– Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
– Family history of mental health problems
Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us. Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time. Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.
How can we look after our mental health? (PRE-vention)
– Connect with people: meet a friend for a coffee or speak to someone new
– Put time aside to ask how the people close to they really are
– Be active! Join a new club (this would be active and connection too)
– If you’re at work perhaps walk to someone’s desk, instead of calling
– Noting: clear away clutter, take note of how the people around you are feeling, visit a new place for lunch
– Learn a new skill or even something small like a new word
– Volunteer: helpings others is rewarding
If you would like support and information on any issues surrounding mental health, please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.