Increasing Mental Health Awareness
There has been an increase in recognition of the importance mental health plays for achieving global development goals. Depression is the most common cause of disability. Suicide is the second leading cause for death in 15-29 year-olds. People suffering from severe mental illness die early, sometimes up to two decades before others. This is due to the absence of preventable physical conditions. Despite some progress, mental health patients often face discrimination and stigmatisation, as well as severe violations of human rights within the workplace.
Progress in Mental Health Awareness
There has been a significant increase in understanding of the importance of language when discussing mental health issues over the past decade. We have become more comfortable with “trigger warnings” for sharing sensitive/mental illness-related content online.
Sometimes, physical activity interventions may be able to help both mental and physical problems associated with mental disorders. Mental health nurses and other healthcare workers need to have the right support and resources in order to create such plans for patients.
There are many types of mental illness, so it can be difficult to recognise. Many people who would benefit from professional treatment are not getting the help they deserve. It is important to understand the signs and how you can help your loved ones cope with the diagnosis. This will reduce the number of people who suffer silently without support.
Awareness grows as mental illness cases increase. Recognising and educating others about mental health issues is important in removing stigma. Mental Health Awareness Month every year helps people to recognise the many ways that mental illness can impact their lives and also provides information about available services and ways to advocate for more support.
Here are some practical ways to look after your mental health
Simple changes to your lifestyle don’t have to cost you a lot or take up a lot of your time. This advice is easy to follow. Start today!
- Talk about your feelings
- Stay active
- Take care of your health
- Drink sensibly
- Keep in touch
- Ask for help
- Take a break
- Do something that you are good at
- Accept yourself as you are
- Take care of others
There are many ways to raise awareness about mental health
Mental Health Month in May is made possible by the fact that, despite all of the advances in treatment, research and awareness, there is still much to do. Many people don’t become aware of mental health issues until they are directly affected by suicide or other tragic events. Mental Health Month is an attempt to encourage a positive and proactive approach to mental illness.
- Talk to everyone you know. Ask your family, friends, and coworkers about their lives and listen carefully to what they have to say. Let them know that resources are available if they show signs of stress or depression.
- Share your story. Share your experiences if you have ever struggled with mental illness. It can be comforting to hear that someone is going through similar struggles as you. It can also be the push a person needs in order to seek treatment and get help.
- Encourage kindness and use positive language If you see people talking about mental illness in demeaning terms around you, politely ask them for their thoughts.
- Learn more about mental illness. People often misunderstand mental illness. Find out more and then share your knowledge.
- Volunteer. Volunteers are needed for ongoing and specific projects in the mental health sector. We will respond to your email or phone call with sincere appreciation.
- A mental health screening. This is the fastest way to find out if you have symptoms of a mental illness. These screenings are not common knowledge. Screenings can be beneficial for both those with mental illnesses and those without.
- Make a post and share it with your social networks. This helps raise awareness about mental health issues, and gives your followers an opportunity to take a concrete first step that may change someone’s mind.
Everyone can help someone with a mental disorder feel at ease. Openly discuss your concerns with others and encourage them to seek help. Advocates can help break down barriers to mental health and improve the well being of millions. Contact our team for more assistance with delivering a program to your staff in the workplace.