Every year World Mental Health day is recognised on 10th October – so this is the perfect time to reflect on your own mental health. It aims to raise awareness of mental health issues across the globe and teach how to support people with mental issues. If you or anybody you know suffers from depression, anxiety, stress of any other form of mental illness, then now is the time to get involved in trying to help.
World Mental Health Day has a theme each year, and for 2016 the focus is on psychological first aid. When helping people in distress, their physical needs are usually met, but often, in many places across the world, their psychological needs are not. Highlighting crisis events and exposure to trauma, this year’s WMHD aims to educate and promote the need for psychological first aid in all communities.
Natural disasters, outbreaks of diseases, violent crime and mass displacement of families are just some of the humanitarian crises the world faces right now. Being exposed to these traumatic events can have a lifelong mental impact, which is why it is important to address any issues as soon as possible. Psychological first aid is a response which has been used as mental health support in Nepal after the devastating earthquake, in Guinea during the Ebola outbreak and across Europe in reaction to the current refugee crisis.
Tea and Talk
The Mental Health Foundation holds a national fundraising event on WMHD known as Tea and Talk. It encourages people to get together, have a natter and donate to the Mental Health Foundation to help those in need. From small get-togethers with friends to large corporate events, there’s a range of tea and coffee mornings to suit everyone.
On the Mental Health Foundation’s website you’ll find lots of resources to help you hold your own Tea and Talk. There’s a free pack to help with planning, along with tasty recipes to complement your teacups. Of course, it’s not just about fundraising but also starting a conversation about mental health, which is often stigmatised. Did you know that talking is one of the best ways to make you feel better?
If you’d like to talk about your mental health with a professional, make an appointment with one of Babylon Health’s qualified therapists. Remember, one in four people will experience a mental health issue at some point in their life, and getting help is easier than you think.
Let us know if you’re organising anything for World Mental Health Day!