World Mental Health Day 2018
10th Oct 2018
In a world where we can be bombarded by the stress of every day life, it is important to take care of yourself, especially your mental health. There are small steps that can be taken in our everyday lives to ensure we are doing the best we can to look after our well being. We’ve put together a list of steps that can produce big benefits such as greater self-confidence and control as well as improved quality of life.
Our 6 Wellness Tips
- EAT WELL + DRINK SENSIBLY – Improvements to diet can help protect against feelings of depression and anxiety.
- KEEP ACTIVE – The effects of exercise are both immediate and uplifting and can be fun socially. Devote time to go for a walk/run and maybe even do some yoga.
- TAKE A BREAK – Whether this is literally by taking a nap or simply taking five minutes our of the day for yourself to meditate, this can help to renew your energy both physically and mentally. It is also important to devote time to hobbies and personal interests.
- CARE FOR OTHERS – Whether you are simply checking up on a friend, caring for a pet or even volunteering for a good cause, this can help give you a sense of purpose and bring fulfilment.
- KEEP IN TOUCH – Maintaining friendships with both family and friends can make a huge difference in how we feel.
- ASK FOR HELP – The longer a problem is left, the worse it may get. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when it is needed.
When and Where to Find Support
If your daily life is being impacted by your thoughts and feelings, then it may be time to seek help whether professional or simply from family and friends. There is a variety of options available so sometimes it can be difficult knowing where to turn. The most important thing is to find what is most suitable for you.
- FRIENDS/FAMILY/CARERS/PEERS – It can sometimes to help to confide in someone that you trust about how you are feeling. They can help discuss your options, come with you to appointments, give encouragement/support and even share experiences.
- LOCAL GP – Your doctor is there to assist you with mental as well as physical health. They will be able to help make a diagnosis, offer treatments as well as recommend local support.
- TRAINED THERAPIST – Both therapists and counsellors can provide a range of different therapies that will be most suitable for you.
- CHARITIES/ THIRD SECTOR ORGANISATIONS – There are a variety of nations and local charities that offer both information and support via telephone and online.
- COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES – If you are suffering from severe or long-lasting mental health problems, your doctor may put you in contact with specialist services such as community mental health teams, social care, residential care, crisis resolution or home treatment teams.
- WORKPLACE SUPPORT – Some workplaces offer free access to support services.
Samaritans : Offering support and listening services surrounding difficult thoughts and self-harm.
SANEline : Offering emotional support and information.
The Silver Line : Support, information and friendship for those over the age of 55.
CALM : Male helpline for those experiencing distressing thoughts and feelings.
Mind’s Infoline : For mental health information.
Papyrus HOPEline : Practical advice for those under the age of 35 struggling with suicidal feelings.
Anxiety UK : A week day helpline offering information and support.
No Panic : Helpline for individuals with anxiety disorders.