Every person, whether rich or poor, man or woman, old or young, needs to be mentally healthy to live an inclusive, functional, and fulfilling life. Accordingly, the theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is “Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority”. This event has been celebrated every year on October 10 since 1992. Spreading awareness aims to motivate individuals, organizations, communities and society to act as the vision of “Mental Health and Wellbeing for All” grows into a reality.
What is the need to celebrate World Mental Health Day?
According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March 2022, the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a 25% increase in anxiety and depression worldwide. You can read the full report at The official website of the World Health Organization. The American Mental Health Organization (MHA) also reports that 19.8% of adults in the United States have a mental illness.
Governments and health care providers must improve the quality, availability and accessibility of mental health services. In this case, it comes as no surprise that Mental Health Day is being celebrated and celebrated around the world. Mental health is often underreported and invisible, as all mental health conditions are invisible and often unexplained by symptoms.
But what exactly is mental health?
Mental health includes your emotional, social and psychological well-being. It means having a consistent sense of self and the ability to form healthy and supportive relationships with others. Being mentally healthy also includes being resilient or resistant to mental illness.
Some of the factors that affect mental health include:-
– sleep, diet, nutrition and other basic needs of the mind and body,
Families, addiction, routine or lack thereof,
– relationships and interactions with others,
Trauma, abuse, childhood or life experiences, family history,
– genetics, brain chemistry and other biological factors,
Self-identity and attitude towards oneself.
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World Mental Health Day 2022: How you can play a role
You can also play a role in World Mental Health Day 2022. Here are the best ways to help you do the same, with a detailed explanation of how to take practical action on them:-
Improve your mental health: First, you can work on improving your mental health. It will improve your relationships, make you more satisfied and stable, and enable you to make better choices and actions in life. The best ways to improve your mental health are:
a. Take care of your body with regular exercise, adequate sleep, nutritious food,
b. Develop healthy and supportive relationships with others,
c- Learn new skills and hobbies that you enjoy,
Be more mindful (in the present moment), and live with awareness.
Raising awareness of mental health in the community: You can help your loved ones and peers become more mentally aware and reduce the stigma around mental illness. These efforts may enable some community members to seek help or open up about their condition.
Join a support group: While support groups are meant to provide support, they also make for a beautiful community. Joining a support group, even as a mentally healthy person, can help you prevent mental illness and make the right decisions.
World Mental Health Awareness Day has been celebrated on October 10 every year since 1992. You can participate in this event by raising mental awareness, supporting the community, or helping people with mental illness through volunteering. Raising awareness of mental health is the first step to spreading it among others. On that note, you can Take this quiz to test yourself for yourself.
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