The 10th of October is World Mental Health Day, a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. The day was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, which is a worldwide mental health organisation with members and contacts in over 150 countries. Every October, thousands of support, guidance and advice organisations and professionals, or even people who’re interested in mental health, come together to celebrate the day. They also bring attention to mental health and mental illness and the effects it can, and does, have on peoples’ lives.
Many people think about mental health in a very negative way and associate it with mental ill health conditions such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar etc. Mental health however is also about how we think, feel and how that affects our behaviour. We know how to look after our physical health but because we often don’t understand what mental health is, we don’t know how to look after it. Some mental ill health issues are related to medical conditions but many are related to how we feel and what has caused us to feel that way. For example, if a young person has concerns with their body image, it can affect how they feel about themselves. This may lead to issues such as low self esteem and in more serious cases, eating discorders. Many peopler, including young people, suffer with mental ill health issues such as eating disorders, self harm, anxiety, depression and worry about getting help or support because of what people may think.
World Mental Health day is here to celebrate mental health, not to frown upon it. We shouldn’t judge people with mental health problems, we should celebrate our minds and learn more about the effects of mental health.
If you, or someone you know, may need help with their mental health, here are some places you can find more information:
Anxiety UK tel. 08444 775 774
Information, counselling, helpline and online support for those suffering from anxiety disorders
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
tel. 0161 705 4304
Online directory of psychotherapists
helpline: 0808 808 7777
Information and advice for carers
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
tel. 020 3178 2199
Regulatory body with a register of complementary therapy practitioners
tel. 0845 123 2320
For anyone affected by depression
Hearing Voices Network
tel. 0114 271 8210
Local support groups for people who hear voices
It’s good to talk
tel. 01455 88 33 16
Information on counselling and psychotherapy and details of therapists.
Evidence-based guidelines on treatments
MDF The Bipolar Organisation
tel: 01633 244 244
Local self-help groups and an online community
Tel: 0300 123 3393
A mental health charity where you can to turn for advice and support.
helpline: 08457 90 90 90
24-hour emotional support
A confidential counselling service for young people
The voice or young people’s mental health and wellbeing
Treatment & education drug service across Rhondda Cynon Taf