This week has seen the world of social media come alive with messages of hope, resilience and support for anyone experiencing or living with poor mental health.
It is important that these issues are not just raised or shared when there is a week for mental health issues to be remembered, but rather, they should be a part of everyday discussions in our homes, schools and places of work.
Mental Health Awareness Week was initiated by the Mental Health Foundation and it has since become a recurring yearly campaign that is focused on promoting good mental health & wellbeing and raising awareness.
Mental health is the emotional, psychological, and social well-being that affects the way we think, react and act. It applies to everyone irrespective of race, gender, and socio-economic status.
It is a topic that is often avoided because of fear, stigma, discrimination, victimisation or even not knowing what to say. The stigma around mental health issues prevents people from seeking and getting help on time or at all. Hence, the need for it to be taken very seriously.
The most common mental health issues are:
2. Anxiety Disorders
What could cause mental health issues?
Work pressure, stress, relationship pressures, abuse, financial worries and fear are some issues that can influence mental health. For this reason, Mental Health Awareness week seeks to encourage individuals to begin having conversations about mental health and what influences it.
This year, the theme is: Nature. It’s all about discovering ways to connect to Nature to support mental health and wellbeing.
How can you get involved with Mental Health Awareness Week?
The Mental Health Foundation has shared some ways we can get involved. They are:
Associating with people (family, friends, colleagues) and building connections to broaden your circles. You can make a big difference by communicating/listening, and showing you care.
2. Be Active:
Encouraging one’s self and others to engage in physical activities. Physical activity is a known and good way to promote wellness as it helps reduce tension, stress and mental fatigue.
3. Take notice:
Paying attention and connecting with nature to experience some of the mental health benefits can bring.
4. Keep learning:
Learning new things, trying something different or reimbursing lost passions back into one’s life. You can get creative. Creativity helps nurture your mind and excitement to your life.
Showing support financially, emotionally or volunteering at charity organizations. Studies have shown that giving or helping others boosts mental and physical health.
Mental Health problems are more common than we think. Someone close to you may be experiencing mental health issues and you would not be aware.
Let’s remember to spread the word about mental health frequently. You can use social media or speak with friends, family or colleagues.
Want to learn more about Mental Health?
You can become a Mental Health First Aider!
At Safe Schools, we provide Mental Health First Aid Training every 2 months. The course content and materials are part of the Mental Health England approved training and presently delivered in schools and youth organisations in the UK. The content includes:
- Impact of mental health issues
- Stigma and discrimination
- Alcohol, drugs and mental health
- Main mental health illnesses – depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, psychosis, bipolar disorder, suicide.
- The Symptoms of these mental illnesses
- Risk factors for these mental illnesses
- Proving help and support for each of these mental illnesses
- Practical session on active listening, hearing voices, mindful conversations
- Steps for proving support and help to those in distress
If you are interested in attending a training session, please send an email to email@example.com or call +234 803 8833 654 to book a slot in the next training.
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