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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Its very helpful subject for all of us. we need help each other to improve our mentality.

Mr. Peter;
Could you explain me why the writer used "which includes WMH Day on 10 October" Not "on October 10th" nor "on the 10th of October"?
Thank you for your help

Hello Moulham Malass

At the British Council, our editors made the decision to write dates in the format that you see on this page. But when we read them, we usually read them in one of the ways you describe.

All the best

Kirk

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Thank you very much Mr. Kirk for your reply

Okay, I'll talk about a person who has mental health problems. I don't see it a stigma but we need to be aware of how serious the issue is and what phsyciatrists have found so far, which are beyond just the issue of depression and anxiety.

I'm usually open up to a stranger and seldom feel uncomfortable around new people. But there was a woman whom I met at the same dinner table for the first time left me a very bad impression which I'd never experienced. I didn't know why but my instincts told me just to keep her off. Perhaps, she seemed to be believing that she was a great person and superior to anyone else in the same place, which is rubbish, but seems to be a huge issue for her. Anyway, I just thought, "maybe I was wrong".

The other day, I happened to read sites about symptoms of mental health problems including personal disorders, which opned me up enough to clearly account for my bad feelings, but it made me be aware of the needs for proffesional approaches. Psychiatrists explain that a dedicated and attractive person who wishes to help others can easily be a target (they call "a victim") of NPD who tends to want a master-servant relationship. Someitmes NPD offer money to control the victim. Ordinary people try to fit in a community and tend to think they sometimes might be wrong, but NPD believe they are morally right and are burried in a fight with the target until showing superiority or use the victim as hand and foot. On the other hand, the more the victim is involved in NPD to help, the more he/she are addicted to codependence, loses their life and lapses into a vicious circle of depression and insomnia. It's wise to ask proffgesionals with a science.

Then, how to avoid becoming a victim?
"Live your life!"... is what I came acorss.
What else? Do you have any other good ideas, everyone?

For support better mental health we could learn new languange. Instead of doing exercise in the outside park, we can start memorize new word. Make sentence with that. We could also try to speak new wolrd with other and encourage them to learn new language. Learning will burn our mind and make it grows faster beyond our anxiety and depression potential.

Hi every one, i really appreciate the advises mentioned above, i would like just to add a couple of things that i see very interesting to keep our mental health safe, First of all i would say the choice of work is very important because we spend more than 8 hours per day so if we don't like what we are doing it would be very difficult to enjoy your days at work, we have all something that passionate us so we need to find that and try to keep it in our life... second point i want to highlight is Sport without this the body can not find its equilibrium so doing sport regularly would improve our mental health.
Thanks

The mental health is a important topic in modern way of life. In my opinion, the anxiety and depression are the big problem on health studies in the XXI century. I'm a grad-student and almost all my work-friends have problems with their mental health.

I think keeping a diary is a good way to reduce tension and depression. When you feel lonely or no one you could confide there is always a 'person' (your diary/you yourself) there can hear you, accompany you.

I am doing volunteer right now. I'm glad to find out this article. We are working with criminal teenagers. We are trying to being role model them basically. İt feel like very good. I got from this project lots of things. For example when we play with children it makes me very happy because I feel like I am useful for them. so in the end I would like to say if do you have a change to doing volunteer you have to do this. don't even think :)

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