Today is world mental health awareness day. Here at The Midlands Training Company, we believe looking after your mental health is the most important thing to do.
The overall objective of world mental health day is simply to raise awareness and helps to break the stigma of mental health. It is important to show that not every illness is visible.
One of the key takeaways however is the importance of talking. To many, their own mental health is not something they discuss with others.
BUT your mental health is JUST as important as your physical health.
Sitting down and talking about how you feel should be easy right? Wrong. Sitting down and talking about your mental health can be extremely daunting for some people! Which is understandable, opening up to someone about how you are feeling is scary for a lot of people.
What are the facts?
1 in 4 people in the UK suffer from a mental health problem. 1 in 4. That means that, essentially, you either know someone who is suffering (even if they have not made the public) or you are suffering. That is A LOT of people. Most of whom are suffering in silence.
10% of young people (aged 5-16) suffer from a medically diagnosed mental health problem
Men are three times as likely to take their own lives as women
89% of employees with mental health problems report an impact on their working life
This is a global epidemic. Those statistics don’t even touch the surface.
So, what can we do to help?
Speaking to someone about your problems is a well known way to help you. You don’t have to feel alone.
There are people who can help you (and some of those resources and numbers are listed below) whether it is a friend / family member or a trained professional you can find someone that is there who will listen, understand and help you.
Share your own experiences
If you have suffered with mental health problems and have managed to get into a better place share your experiences with others. Mental health is still a taboo subject which many do not want to admit to. Knowing they aren’t the only people who have experienced problems helps others to open up, to ask for help and to feel less alone.
It is well know that exercise can help mood, memory, promote better sleep and more. If you are struggling yourself try to get some activity daily. This could be something as simple as a daily walk. If you know someone else who is struggling encourage them to get active with you. Get them out walking or running, invite them to classes. Get outdoors
Everybody can make a change and make a difference to address the growing problem of mental health.
- Keep asking your friends if they’re okay
- Keep dialogue open
- BE KIND – to yourself and to other people.
If you are in need of support there are a lot of charities that are out there that will listen to you, and will not judge here are just a few:
020 7803 1101
Improving the lives of those with mental health problems or learning difficulties.
020 7780 7300
Supports people through mental health services.
020 7827 8300
Working to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems.