Each year the day is held to help raise awareness of mental health issues and encourage open conversations for sufferers
TOMORROW is World Mental Health Day and even if you don’t suffer from mental health issues yourself there are still ways you can get involved.
The day occurs annually on October 10 – but what else do we know? Here’s all the information you need.
What is World Mental Health Day?
The event takes place every year on October 10 and it aims to educate and raise awareness of mental health issues.
The day was set up by the World Federation for Mental Health and it was first celebrated in 1992.
Each year the event has a different theme and this year it’s psychological first aid and the support people can provide to others in distress.
Young people are the primary focus for the 2018 theme for World Mental Health Day, which is: ‘Young people and mental health in a changing world.’
Why are mental health issues important?
According to the World Health Organisation, “if we don’t act urgently, by 2030 depression will be the leading illness globally.”
And while suicide isn’t always related to mental health problems, there are links, and currently suicide is the most common cause for for men aged 20-49 years in England and Wales.
Having said that, you shouldn’t always assume that someone suffering from mental illness is also suicidal – but it makes it clear that more needs to be done.
This can range from improvements in mental health care provision on the NHS to more open conversations about mental health.
Other mental health facts to bear in mind
1. Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain.
2. As many as 10 per cent of people in England will experience depression in their lifetime.
3. The poorer and more disadvantaged are disproportionately affected by common mental health problems and their adverse consequences.
4. Ten per cent of mothers and six per cent of fathers in the UK have mental health problems at any given time.
5. One in five teens experience a mental health problem in any given year.
All statistics from The Mental Health Foundation.
How can you get involved?
You can get involved in a number of ways, including hosting a Tea&Talk fundraising event for friends and family.
If you want to hold one, simple gather up some people and talk about mental health issues over a tea and possibly biscuits.
If you want to make a donation to the Mental Health Foundation, text THRIVE to 70300 to give £3 or donate online.
Those interested can take action by educating themselves about mental health and recognize the signs of mental health issues.
They can also organise conversations at offices, schools and their local community with friends, neighbours and family members about the importance of mental health and how to quickly recognise the signs of mental health problems such as depression.
Other ways to observe World Mental Health Day include volunteering or donating to mental health clinics and services that help people suffering from mental health issues, registering for group therapy sessions and practicing proper mental health self-care for themselves, such as by exercising, eating healthy, volunteering, meditating and seeking counselling if necessary.
And while today is the official day, you can organise fundraising events all year round, to help think of some ideas you can request a pack at any time.
The Mental Health Foundation’s 10 tips on how to look after your mental health
1. Talk about your feelings
3. Eat well
4. Drink sensibly
5. Keep in touch with loved ones
6. Ask for help
7. Take a break
8. Do something you’re good at
9. Accept who you are
10. Care for others
For more advice, visit their website.
For more information on mental illness visit The Mental Health Foundation, Time To Change, Mind and Rethink.
To talk to The Samaritans call 116 123.