World Mental Health Day - Mental Health For All
Since 1992, October 10 has been recognised as ‘World Mental Health Day.’ The theme for this year is ‘Mental Health for All.’
The current COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on millions of people across the world. Anxiety, fear, loneliness, loss and uncertainty have been deeply distressing for many as we collectively struggle to adapt to a ‘new normal.’
With one in four people being affected by a mental disorder at some stage of their lives* and research from mental health charity Mind showing a decline in mental health in both adults and young people over lockdown** it’s important that we get talking about mental health – for all.
Mind have started a campaign called #DoOneThing. The basis of the movement is that by doing one small thing to prioritise your mental health, and sharing it, you could inspire someone else to get talking or reflect and see what they could do to improve their own mental health – be that by reaching our for support, talking to a friend, or being ‘in the moment.’ There are also ways in which you can support others, checking in on someone who may be struggling.
So what can I do?
Mind have a fantastic downloadable calendar. This has lots of ideas you can action to benefit your, and others, mental health. These include:
Checking in with a friend
Decluttering at home
Notice the changing seasons
Going for a lunchtime walk
Start a new book
There are also blank spaces for you to fill out your own ideas.
There are also templates you can download to change your Facebook or Twitter profile picture, images to share on Instagram, and even a Zoom background you can use to show your support when at work. If you choose to post online, using the hashtags #DoOneThing and #WorldMentalHealthDay will help share your support and activities with others.
Did you know?
We have trained mental health first aiders at The Mall who are confident to step in, reassure and support any of our shoppers that are in distress. So if you’re here and find yourself or anyone else in need of help you can phone our control room on 0117 915 5313 or, you can speak to someone on our Information Desk who will call for one of our mental health first aiders.
Further information and support:
*World Health Organisation, 2012
**Mind charity research