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Mental health day

Mental health, which had been hitherto almost relegated to the back burner,  has taken central stage in most organisations, more so in the wake of the Covid pandemic, and the ensuing learning how to live in a post pandemic world.

World Mental Health Day is celebrated each year on October 10. It is a day on which to raise awareness of mental health issues and support people who are experiencing mental illness. It is also a perfect opportunity to address mental health as a whole. On this day the public and private sectors come together to recognise and raise awareness about mental health issues. The day was first observed in 1999 by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The theme for 2022 World mental health day is “Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority. This goal goes hand in hand with the United Nations’ third Sustainable Development Goal; good health and well-being. The UN came up with this goal as a way of ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. The fourth target of SDG 3  promotes mental health and well-being.

World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to encourage people with mental health issues to talk openly about their experiences, understand their rights, access support, and services, and participate in support efforts. It is a time to acknowledge that people from all walks of life can be affected by mental illness — even people who are considered to be “normal” or “healthy” in society. In addition to increasing awareness about mental illness, World Mental Health Day also raises funds for research into treatments and supports those living with mental illnesses.

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.[1]

Mental health has become an increasingly important topic in recent years, with research showing that it’s not just something that affects the “mentally ill” — it can affect anyone, at any age. The fact that we do not always recognize how much our lives are affected by our mental health is one of the reasons why this day is so important — it allows us to share stories about those affected by mental illness and learn how they manage their conditions.

There are many ways in getting involved in celebrating this day. You could consider volunteering with a local charity or hospital. Many offer opportunities for volunteers to participate in activities such as helping with fundraisers or organising community events for patients or clients.

We hope you will take the time to learn about mental health, share your knowledge and experiences with others, and support your friends and family who may be struggling with mental health issues. Mental Health First Aid is a great way to learn about mental health in a fun and interactive way. It’s also a great opportunity to learn how you can help someone who is struggling with depression, stress, or any other mental-related illness.

Join us on October 10th as we celebrate World Mental Health Day!