World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day takes place on the 10th of October every year, with the aim of raising awareness of mental health issues worldwide.
The theme for World Mental Health Day 2022 is to ‘Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority’.
World Mental Health Day provides another opportunity to open up the discussion of mental health, help to break the stigma still surrounding it and continue the efforts of getting mental health the same recognition as physical illnesses.
Mental health can present itself in many different forms, these are some signs to look out for in your own well-being or others around you;
- Feeling sad
- Unable to concentrate
- Feeling confused
- Bad feelings of fear or extreme guilt
- Mood swings
- Feeling withdrawn
- No energy, always feeling tired
- Sleeping issues
- Feeling detached from reality
- Daily tasks or stress becoming overwhelming
- Issues with alcohol or drugs
- Changes in eating patterns
- Feelings of extreme anger and violence
- Suicidal thinking
Some ways of easing or helping to prevent mental health issues are talking about feelings with someone you trust, just being listened to and feeling supported can really help. Getting a good night’s sleep, eating well, staying active, practising mindfulness, and keeping an eye out on loved ones around you are all really good ways of taking care of your own and others mental wellbeing.
For additional mental health support book a GP appointment or ring 111.
Free listening services you can access;
Ring 116 123 to talk to or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (response within 24 hours)
Text “SHOUT” to 85258 or text “YM” if you’re under 19
Call 0800 1111 to talk to Childline, this number is free to call.