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Mental health problems can affect any individual, at any time in their lives, and on the 10th October, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises World Mental Health Day.
This year, the theme chosen by WHO is ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World’ and its aim is to focus on the issues that today‘s youth and young adults are facing in the world.
In modern society, young people are spending more time on the internet, and are more likely to experience cybercrimes and cyber bullying. Suicides and the number of people suffering from substance abuse have been steadily rising, LGBT youths are feeling alone and persecuted, and young adults are at the age when serious mental illnesses can occur.
WHO’s goal is to begin the conversation around improving what modern youth society needs in order to grow up healthier, happier and more mentally resilient.
- 75% of mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 24th birthday.
- 50% of mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) take root before the age of 14.
- 10% of children aged 5-16 have been diagnosed with a mental health problem.
- 70% of young people with a mental health problem are not receiving treatment.
If you are worried about your own mental health, or the wellbeing of someone you care about, it is important to look out for emotional warning signs.
Mental health problems can cause a wide variety of emotional symptoms, some of which include:
- Changes in mood
- Erratic thinking
- Chronic anxiety
- Lack of self-worth
- Impulsive actions
According to the Mental Health Foundation, good mental health is the ability to carry out the following functions:
- The ability to learn.
- To manage positive and negative emotions.
- To maintain strong relationships with others.
- To cope with change and uncertainty.
It’s vital for your own mental wellbeing that you open up to your support network and talk about your thoughts and feelings.
Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you become more productive and improve your sleeping patterns.
A balanced diet that is good for your physical wellbeing, is also good for your mental wellbeing. Your brain needs a mix of nutrients to stay healthy and function well.
Stay within the recommended daily alcohol limits; 3 to 4 units a day for men and 2 to 3 units a day for women.
Caring for others is often integral in maintaining relationships with people you care about. It can also help to put our own problems in perspective.
Tea & talk - Raise funds by hosting a Tea & Talk event in your workplace. All you do is get together a group of colleagues, put the kettle on, invite them to make a donation to the Mental Health Foundation and start a conversation about mental health. If you are stuck for ideas and need more resources, click here for more information.
Social media - Help raise awareness of WMHD by using the hashtag #worldmentalhealthday on social media.
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