Each year in October the world acknowledges the existence of mental health issues, attempts to build awareness around its effects and the need for increased investment in eliminating these illnesses. In fact, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has set aside the 10th of October specifically to encourage efforts in support of mental health.
But why should we only recognise disorders on specific days of the year when people live with at least one disorder 24/7/365?
Do you experience stress, depression or anxiety more often than you would like? These are the types of mental illnesses that this day aims to address. And if you’re going through either, you should know that you don’t have to suffer in silence. There’s some solace in talking about what you’re experiencing, and you never know – talking about it to your nearest and dearest may just help someone else who thinks they’re in it alone too.
The truth is that no one is alone. There is always a community of like-minded people who recognise the impact of mental health issues and are there to help. With so many people experiencing issues and more people talking openly about mental health you should be proud of who you are. Your experiences inform the narrative of your life.
Recognise what you are going through. Awareness is the first step to finding help.
Here are a few tips from the WHO on how to look after your own mental health: