World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, is a day to raise awareness of the effects mental illness has on millions of people’s lives across the world, and to help educate and inform us all.

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Around the world, one in four people will have some kind of mental illness during their lifetime. Around 450 million people are living with a mental health problem right now, making it one of the biggest health issues in the world. Yet people rarely talk about any mental health problems they have because there is still a lot of stigma.

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health (WMH) Day was first celebrated in 1992. It was created to raise awareness of just how common mental health issues are, fight against stigma and campaign for better conditions and treatment for people who have a mental health problem. The number of people and organisations involved in celebrating WMH Day has grown and grown, and now many countries, such as Australia, actually have a Mental Health Week, which includes WMH Day on 10 October. Each year there is a different theme. For example, in 2017 the theme was mental health in the workplace.

Mental health in the workplace

Employers should create an environment which supports good mental health. This also helps to reduce the number of days employees take off work. Employers should help employees to achieve a good work–life balance by encouraging them to take breaks and holidays and discouraging them from working at home in the evenings and at weekends. Employees should also feel that they can talk to their managers about any problems they might have, and employers should be supportive.

Get some exercise

Of course, we also need to look after our own mental health. Most people know that exercise is good for your body, but did you also know how good it is for your mental health? Regular exercise can really help you deal with anxiety and depression. Spending time in nature can also make people more relaxed and reduce stress. So why not get your exercise by going for a walk in a park or the countryside?

Eat well

Your diet can also change your mood. If you eat crisps, cake, chocolate, etc., your blood sugar will rise and fall, making you feel cross and tired. Make sure you are eating enough vegetables and fruit or you may be missing some nutrients you need to feel good. It’s also important to drink enough water – being thirsty can make it difficult to think clearly.

Spend time with family and friends

Everyone needs some time alone, but it’s also good for us to spend time with other people. If you feel lonely, try volunteering. It’s a good way of meeting new people, and you will feel good for helping others. One survey showed that 48 per cent of people who volunteered for more than two years said they felt less depressed as a result. If you do have close friends and family, try talking to them more about how you feel and asking them to support you. Every time someone speaks to someone else about mental illness, it helps to reduce the stigma.

What to do on World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day encourages us to be more aware of both our own mental health and other people’s. As well as looking after yourself, think about how you could support other people. For example, you could find out more about common issues such as anxiety and depression, so you will understand friends’ and colleagues’ problems better. You could also encourage your workplace to start a wellness programme that would benefit everyone – they might offer free exercise classes or encourage employees to take walks at lunchtime. Companies with wellness programmes have found employees take 28 per cent less time off for sickness.

Anything you do on WMH Day, even just talking to people about it, will help us all to understand and support people better.

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Submitted by Andre Sartipy on Wed, 19/10/2022 - 11:01

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What I can do is to get moving much more then I do, eat more healthier food, being with my family and friends more and trying to appreciate more things in life. I should also be less prejudiced against strangers. If it is someone I know as going through something tough, I should support that person by talking to him/she and trying to do something fun together that might put him/she in a better mood.

Submitted by dviona on Fri, 19/11/2021 - 03:04

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Other ways, in my opinion, that I may help myself and others to have better mental health is to promote mental health on my social media accounts. This is due to the fact that people currently spend more time on social media. So, for example, using my Instagram stories, I can share any posters on mental health and do so on a regular basis till people become aware of the issue.

Submitted by Barbara_Sz on Wed, 31/03/2021 - 08:16

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Spending less time online, - especially with scrolling on social - has a huge factor to reduce anxiety and depression. Also avoiding negativity or toxic people could help a lot.

Submitted by Verna Budi Amanda on Wed, 24/02/2021 - 10:27

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in order to have a better mental health i would limit myself for using social media. lately, i realized that social media made myself become less grateful and grow a toxic mindset. its not like im being an anti-social but i just limit myself. And after doing that i think i can be more focus to my self even happier than before, the other ways are always stay positive in any circumstances and stop being friends with toxic people.
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Wed, 17/02/2021 - 12:40

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Sleep well and LOL !! ;)

Submitted by PARIMALA MADIAZHAKAN on Wed, 17/02/2021 - 05:03

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Other ways can you support myself and other people to have better mental health is stay positive and stay away from toxic people and relationship. It is very important to stay positive outlook for encourage ourselves from get away from anxiety and depression. We must finding balancing in positive and negative emotional. However, avoid negative emotions can help to reduce mental illness. We want always show positives and get away from the negative views. Furthermore, we should nee stay away from toxic person and relationship. Sometimes the toxic person and relationship can make us feel anxiety and depressed. Bad vibes from toxic person can lead to mental illness.

Submitted by Thinthinmyoe on Wed, 20/01/2021 - 12:23

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I support myself by doing the following facts. 1.reading books 2.doing work out 3.praying and meditation 4.carrying out good deeds and thinking positive thoughts.

Submitted by Nurain Natasya on Mon, 07/12/2020 - 05:11

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I support myself and other people to have better mental health is with see a psychiatrist than admit I have been ill,also doing the exercise,follow the advise by the doctor and spent more time with my family.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Tue, 01/12/2020 - 17:31

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First of all I think we can support people with some kind of mental illness by making their aware of this problem and willing to talk about it.

Submitted by Hn0062 on Sun, 18/10/2020 - 21:01

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It seems to me we should do something that made us calm so I have some advice: 1. Focuse on one thing 2. Do not think of failure 3. Take each day as it comes 4. Enjoy your time 5.Don't shut away with anything 6. Do valunteer worknation 7. Don't focuse more on the journey and less on the destination 8, Be generous 9. listen to music 10. Read books