October 10th marks World Mental Health day and the beginning of Mental Health Week. The theme of this years event organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), is “Psychological First Aid” and aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilise efforts in support of mental health.
World Mental Health Day gives individuals who work on mental health issues the opportunity to speak about the work that they do and it also encourages individuals to speak out about their own experiences. The stigma that surrounds mental health problems is still evident worldwide and for that reason, it is vital to educate individuals on mental health problems, recovery and well being on both a national and community level.
This year the Mental Health Ireland are encouraging individuals to incorporate the ‘Five Ways of Wellbeing’ programme into their daily lives. These are simple actions that people can undertake on a daily basis which will help improve their overall wellbeing:
- Connect – Studies show that having good relationships with family, friends and work colleagues have a huge impact on our wellbeing
- Be Active – Exercising and being physically active can help reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression and boost self-esteem
- Take Notice – Take a few moments each day to notice the world around you and practice mindfulness.
- Keep Learning – Learning new skills can have a positive effect on your mental wellbeing
- Give – Helping and giving to others can have a direct link to improving an individual’s mental wellbeing
It’s important to remember that everyone has their tough days and that you are not alone. If you have been suffering with mental health issues, don’t be afraid to talk to someone whether it is a health care professional or a friend, make sure to seek the support that you need. Even the little things, such as hug or a listening ear can make the world of difference. We are always here to support our customers, no matter what the problem is. Just call in store and one of our staff will be more than happy to listen.
If you would like to follow the events of the day or take part in World Mental Health day, you can use the Twitter hashtag #WorldMentalHealthDay