World Mental Health Day
Today is World Mental Health Day, a day in the calendar to raise awareness about mental health. Good mental health is important for all of us, one in four of us will experience some sort of mental health issue in any given year and at any given time one in six working-age adults have symptoms associated with mental ill health (e.g. sleep problems, fatigue etc) so it’s really common, but yet we know it can be difficult to talk about, particularly at work.
Poor Mental health can affect anyone, any day of the year, but today is all about raising awareness and starting conversations. There are a few simple things you can start doing from today, to look after yourself and those around you.
1. Take a break.
If you spend most of your day sitting at a desk, try to get outside and move around. The sunshine, fresh air and physical movement can work wonders for your brain. You could also try getting off the bus or train one or two stops earlier and walking the rest of the way, taking the stairs instead of the lift or going out for a walk on your lunch break.
Time To Change is a fantastic National Lottery funded movement that aims to end mental health discrimination. Their most recent campaign encourages you to #AskTwice - if your friend says they are fine but you notice their behaviour has changed you should ask them again. If you don’t feel confident enough to #AskTwice because you aren’t sure what to say to them afterwards, this 5 step guide is really helpful.
3. Get active.
Being active is great for your physical health and fitness, and evidence shows there's a link between being physically active and good mental wellbeing. Being active doesn't mean you need to spend hours in the gym if that doesn't appeal to you. Find physical activities you enjoy and think about how to fit more of them into your daily life, such as yoga or dance class (you may be interested to know that all permanent Camelot employees can claim 50% of their health club membership fees!).
4. Ask for help when you need it.
There are some great organisations that can help you take those first steps to asking for help or simply give you further information if you are worried about your own mental health or someone that you know.