World Mental Health Day has been observed every October 10 since 1992. And, we're seeing more and more just how much mental health can affect a person's entire life, from their overall wellbeing to their relationships to their work (remote work or not). More specifically, World Mental Health Day is important because of the following.
Increasing numbers of patients are receiving inadequate care. Sadly, a growing number of people are suffering without adequate access to care. Among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), mental health treatment is less likely to be available. Location affects mental health as well; people who live in more rural areas receive less therapy and take more medication.
In the workplace, people with mental illnesses are often stigmatized and discriminated against. Though mental health issues and their attendant issues are becoming more aware, there are still many misconceptions surrounding them. Eight out of ten workers say they do not seek treatment because of negative perceptions about mental health.
The depression rate has risen during COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected our daily lives and in turn, our mental health. In fact, one survey found that nearly 28 percent of surveyed people showed signs of diagnosable depression. This is higher than the 8% who had symptoms before the pandemic. As well as depression and anxiety excessive alcohol consumption has also been reported during the pandemic.
Healthy Ways To Observe World Mental Health Day
Fortunately, the mental health of individuals can be improved in a variety of ways. So, why not put into action some positive actions to honor World Mental Health Day?
1. Find community outreach programs and free mental health services online.
In celebration of World Mental Health Day, your community may offer free services. Various mental health seminars, free screenings, walk-a-thons, marathons, and conferences are available.
2. Raise awareness.
An excellent way to commemorate World Mental Health Day is to simply talk about mental health more. By sharing stories and resources with family and friends, and coworkers we can encourage a culture of mental wellness by removing the stigma.
In fact, this is even more important for 2021 as this year’s theme is “Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality.” Please visit the World Health Organization for more about the campaign.
You can also turn to the following Mental Health Resource List.
3. Engage in self-care.
It's also important to prioritize your health and wellbeing on World Mental Health Day. Take a moment to consider a few things you enjoy but that also have a huge impact on your mental and physical well-being. Exercising, spending time with loved ones, journaling, or painting are some examples.
Whatever it is, make sure to choose an activity that you actually enjoy doing.
4. Check-in with friends and family.
As part of World Mental Health Day, we should also check in on our friends and family. A simple, “How are you doing?” or, “How are you feeling today?” are perfect starting points. Yet many of us silently answer these questions because they have become so commonplace. Instead, asking:
“I hope everything is going well for you.” If you need anything at all, let me know.”
Right now, the world is going through a lot with the pandemic and climate change. Have you managed to hold out so far?.”
I could really use a venting session. How would you feel about that?”
Using these phrases encourages truthful responses and may even entice people to be as open and honest as they can be. Remember to try to reiterate that you are there for them if they open up about a mental health struggle and to help them find the right treatment.
5. Talk to a counselor.
In addition, you may want to see a counselor for yourself. Many people believe the myth that counseling is only for those with serious mental health issues. The truth is that counselors are there to support, guide, and help us all -- whether we're struggling with mental illness, dealing with grief, or feeling burned out at work. As such, there’s no shame in asking for help.
The aim of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health and understand its importance. Remember that it's just one part of a much larger puzzle. Mental health is important every day, so we need to educate ourselves regularly and raise awareness as much as possible.