Making everyone in the world more aware of the issues that are faced by people struggling with mental health is a great way to offer the beginning of a solution to the problem. The more people know the more they can do to aid with the prevention or seek out help.
Get on board with World Mental Health Day!
History of World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day founded in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health. It forms just one part of the larger Mental Illness Awareness Week.
Problems rage from issues like depression and anxiety disorders. Conditions like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, affect millions of people around the world. According to certain statistics 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem during their lifetime. Above all, many more see friends or family members who are affected.
Even though mental health is so prevalent. It is one of the most neglected forms of health in the world today. Almost one billion people are living with a mental health disorder right now. Millions of people die each year from the impact that mental health has had on them. Many people still do not have access to the care that they need to appropriately handle these concerns.
The purpose of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues. Increase education on the topic. Attempt to eliminate the stigma attached. This will encourage sufferers to seek out help and support.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is on board with supporting World Mental Health Day. WHO sees it as an opportunity to have a massive scale-up given to the investment made in the support. The WHO asserts that countries spend only 2% of their annual healthcare budgets on mental health. That simply is not enough.
It’s time to push away the stigma. Embrace the struggle. Invest in the opportunity for a more stable future.. World Mental Health Day is a great day to begin!
How to Observe World Mental Health Day
In fact, getting informed and staying connected with others are both critical parts of maintaining a healthy life in every way.
Not every mental illness is preventable. In fact, some of them will be better managed. Even prevented with the right kind of care and support. Together with family, friends, and community, people are more likely to be healthy when they invest a little bit of time.
Try these ideas for maintaining mental health:
- Start Talking About Feelings. Although there is a time and a place for this. Talking will help the brain to process through feelings. Thoughts so that they can be managed a little at a time. Which can help to avoid feelings of overwhelm. Choose a trusted friend. Take advantage of a professional or counselor who will act as a good listener.
- Stay Active and Fit. It’s actually true that a healthy body yields more of a healthy mind. Getting active with sports exercise. Activities can help to promote self-esteem. Healthy sleep patterns. Better concentration. Generally improve overall health.
- Stay Connected. Those who live their lives in the community are at less risk of becoming isolated and slipping into poor health. Keeping the lines of communication open with friends and family can help to strengthen bonds and provide protection against struggles. Rather than being isolated. Therefore, you will be connected with others who provide support.
Participate in a World Mental Health Day Event
Various events are hosted in-person and online that help to educate and provide support around the topic of mental health. These might range from seminars and symposiums to marches or other events. In 2020, The WHO featured a 24-hour March. Including a 24-hour Livestream with participants in at least 19 different countries through the Speak Your Mind campaign. Other partners included the Human Rights Watch and Alzheimer’s Disease International. Get in touch with any of these organizations or others that might be hosting events related to World Mental Health Day this year.
Join a World Mental Health Day Fundraiser
A number of fundraising events take place globally, so why not check if there is an event happening near you and show your support for this serious issue? Do a local search to find out which organizations or charities are offering support in the community. Reach further afield and get connected with national or international organizations that provide support for those with mental health concerns. As well as promoting prevention.
These charities are known for their effectiveness:
- StrongMinds. Particularly geared toward the support of women in Africa. This charity founded in 2013 with the intention of helping to treat depression through a low-cost method of group interpersonal psychotherapy.
- International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). One of the most difficult risks related to untreated issues is the possibility of suicide. IASP is always dedicated to preventing suicide and providing a forum for the conversation. Between medical workers, academics, suicide survivors, crisis workers, mental health professionals and volunteers.
- Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. One of the best ways to help prevent health issues is by better understanding the ways that the brain functions. This US-based organization provides research grants that fund scientific research. This is an effort to find cures for disorders. Depression or bipolar disorder.
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