October 10th was World Mental Health Awareness Day 2017. It is so important that we keep mental health awareness at the forefront of our minds every day, not only on the days it makes news headlines! Mental Health affects each and every one of us. It is thought that one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
What do we mean by mental health and emotional wellbeing??? Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem. We all have ‘mental health’ and ‘physical health’. Mental health refers to our psychological, emotional and social wellbeing and affects how we feel, think, behave and function in our day to day life. Being mentally healthy is about having the strength and resources to overcome challenges we may face and to have the resilience, confidence and self-esteem to be able to make decisions to deal with life’s ups and downs.
Mental health issues affect many people, not because they are ‘mental’ but because they are human. It is quite normal to sometimes feel apprehensive, worried, upset or stressed and if left, unchecked can lead to more serious mental health issues such as depression or anxiety disorders.
We all know that there is a stigma around mental health difficulties and this makes it very difficult for us to have any sort of conversation about mental health in the first place.
If we begin to acknowledge that we all have ‘mental health’ it will reduce the stigma and make it easier and more acceptable to talk about it.
Realising that mental health is ‘normal’ and something we all share and that it is ok to talk about it can make the difference between isolation and comfort.
We all can make a difference. Stand up to the stigma and start talking about mental health!
Help raise Mental Health Awareness – this week, today, every day!
Angela Winterton Dip.Hyp, MHS, GQHP,GHR reg., NRH, Dip.CP,MCS Acc, Dip.SMC
Clinical Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapist, Aspired Therapies