This year’s World Mental Health Day takes place on 10th October. The day aims to raise mental health awareness, breakdown stigma and encourage people to talk about mental health.
Our mental health is just like our physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it. Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. We all need to take care of our mental health and wellbeing whether we have a mental health problem or not.
Being kind to ourselves, as well as each other, is an important part of looking after our mental health and wellbeing. Rachel Volpe, Head of Mental Health and Learning Disability Transformation, spoke to us last year about why being kind matters.
Looking after our mental health doesn’t have to be complicated, there are simple ways we can do this. Why not try engaging in one of the 5 ways to wellbeing? A set of simple actions that have been shown to support good mental wellbeing.
Connect – with the people around you. Have you noticed someone struggling or unhappy? Reach out to them.
Take Notice –be curious. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Visit a park or notice the changing seasons.
Be Active – regular physical activity is associated with a greater sense of wellbeing. Take a 10-minute walk at lunchtime and invite a friend.
Give-helping others makes us feel good. Do something nice for a friend or a stranger. Thank someone. Volunteer your time. Join a community group.
Keep Learning –learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and confidence and it can also improve mental wellbeing. Try something new today!
Every Mind Matters aims to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others visit www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters to find out more.
If you would like further information on local support services, available to you, please visit our Mental Health pages.
To support key workers across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes the new Keeping Well hub provides a safe space for those who may be struggling with the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic or other stressful and upsetting situations. Further information on the hub can be found here.