With figures of mental illness sitting at an all time high of 1 in 4 each year it is worth noting that during these hard times such as the Coronavirus pandemic that Mental Health should be looked at more closer than ever.
Mental Health Awareness week commences on Monday 18th May in the UK and is a good time for the narrative to open up about how much of an impact our Mental Health has on our day to day lives, our relationships with others and with our own selves. We all have mental health and are all affected in some way, shape or form whether this is positive or negative. We all know family members, loved ones, friends and colleagues who are sadly dealing with a diagnosable mental health illness. Broadening our knowledge and our awareness of mental health issues is the only way that we are going to be able to continue to help people open up about how they are feeling and also to better peoples understanding of mental health illnesses. Opening up a conversation will create a safe space for people to speak up about how they are feeling, share their own coping strategies with others and also continue the research into Psychological therapies.
The theme this year for Mental Health Awareness Week is Kindness which I believe is perfectly apt for the difficult times we are going through at this present moment. More and more people are coming together to help one another through showing acts of kindness in several ways such as: being on the other end of the telephone for emotional support, going shopping for family, friends or elderly neighbours or even making meals and dropping them off on their families doorsteps. Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said: “Kindness unlocks our shared humanity and is central for our mental health. It has the potential to bring us together with benefits for everyone, particularly at times of great stress.” which I completely agree with.
Throughout the week I’m going to post some resources that I hope you will find helpful in regards to helping you to deal better with your own mental health and well-being or perhaps with helping with someone else you are close to. The 5 posts that I’m going to put up are:
- Signs of poor mental health
- Causes and Risk factors of Mental Illness
- Self Care: Eating, Exercise and Sleep
- Self Care activities
- Mental Health Resources