Every year, October 10th is World Mental Health Day. This day is dedicated to educating others, spreading awareness, and engaging in advocacy on mental health and the major impact that it can have on your life, and the lives of those around you.
There is a massive number of benefits to be gained through spreading awareness about mental health and mental illness, there are no drawbacks. Mental illness could affect you, your friends, your family, or anyone you know; therefore it is important to educate yourself within the realm of mental health, as you never know when you could need that knowledge. Not only does educating yourself help those around you, but it also helps to break down the stigma that is surrounding mental health.
Why Mental Health Awareness is Important
– According to the WHO (World Health Organisation) depression could be the global leading illness by 2030
– Globally, one in four people will suffer from mental or neurological disorders at some point within their lives
– There are more than 200 classified forms of mental illness
– Depression affects around one in twelve of the whole population
– Around one in ten children will experience mental health problems
– Only 50% of those who go to an A&E department for self harm or suicidal thoughts and behaviour receive adequate treatment, the other 50% do not receive any form of a mental health assessment and are often left to their own accord
– Over one million people die by suicide every year
– Global suicide rates have increased by 60% in the last 45 years
Looking After your Mental Health
There are a few simple things you can do to help look after your mental health, these include:
– Engaging in exercise
– Eat well
– Talk about how you feel, do not internalise negative feelings
– Take a break
– Care for others
– Do not abuse substances
– Ask for help, it’s okay to not be okay
In short, engage in self care regularly and live a healthy lifestyle. This will not prevent you from becoming mentally ill, however, it will help to keep your mental health in a healthier state, whether you are mentally ill or not.
As a sufferer of schizoaffective disorder, I can relate to your suffering, and the suffering of others. However, recovery is possible. Sometimes, recovery can be a never ending journey, it can last a lifetime. Be there for others, help and support each other, we are all that have.