World Mental Health Day 2020

10th October 2020 is World Mental Health Day. It is a special opportunity to show your support for mental health and a time to reflect on your own wellbeing. This mental health day is the most significant one to date! The worldwide pandemic has affected everyone in many ways. Losing loved ones, losing income and being isolated during lockdown has taken a toll and the uncertainty of the situation which still remains has had a huge impact on us all.

Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year and range from the day to day worries we experience to more serious conditions. This video from Mind explains what mental health problems are and how they can affect us:

 

Ways you can show your support for World Mental Health Day

Show support and let people know that you are getting involved in World Mental Health Day.

Post on social media: Use the hashtag #WorldMentalHealthDay and post images, stories or even just words of support. ‘Time To Change’ has images you can use or create, click here to view.

Campaign/donate: Go to JustGiving to see all the mental health charities that you can donate to, or create your own fundraising campaign!

Talk about it: We all deserve to feel validated when we speak about our mental health, but too often the stigma around it leaves people feeling alone and ashamed. Spread the word and start conversations. Let’s break the stigma and normalise talking about mental health.

What are charities doing to mark World Mental Health Day?

  • Samaritans have published some useful tips and words of encouragement and will be sharing these on social media throughout the day.
  • Mental Health Foundation are campaigning for good mental health for all and have published their latest findings for ways we can protect our mental health and prevent mental health problems developing, or worsening.
  • Mind are focusing on little steps with their campaign, ‘do one thing’ for better mental health.

 

Further reading

To read more around the stigma surrounding mental health click here

To read about how to care for yourself and others during the COVID-19 outbreak click here

To read about how to incorporate ‘self-care’ into your daily routine click here

 

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

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