World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2020

10th October marks the annual World Mental Health Day, raising awareness of Mental Health around the world and bringing more knowledge around the subject. Given the year we have had with the pandemic, mental health or more important now than ever. In this newsletter, we delve a little deeper into Mental Health and what it means.

What is Mental Health?

Being mentally healthy doesn’t necessarily mean you simply do not have a recognised mental health issue. It means looking after our psychological, emotional and social well-being to play a full part and develop potential in our lives, including work, community and with our family/friends.

Ways to improve mental health include:

  • Developing our coping skills
  • Socialising with friends and family
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Seeking out professional help when we need it
  • Being physically ective
  • Helping others

We are all individuals, and things that have little impact on one person can weigh down another. The importance is around removing the stigma attached to mental health in these circumstances, and recognising when we, or someone we know, needs help. Early warning signs include:

  • Inability to perform day-today tasks
  • Becoming disconnected from our lives, and taking little time to perform usual activities
  • Taking little care of our personal hygiene
  • Severe mood swings that damage relationships
  • Feeling numb, or like nothing matters
  • Eating or sleeping too much, or too little
  • Feeling unusually tense, on edge or worried
  • Having little to no energy
  • Having thoughts of hurting yourself or others
  • Smoking or drinking more than usual, or taking drugs

Resilience

A huge part of mental health includes developing emotional resilience. Resilience is our ability to react well in the face of We’ve included some useful tips below, and remember also have an in-house mental health first-aider accessible for all learners, no matter your age, programme, or location:

Check out this action calendar for self-care from https://www.actionforhappiness.org/self-care-september. Print this off and use it as a basis for your self-care routine, swapping and changing as you see fit and to accommodate your day-to-day life. Be sure to make time for the activities that boost your mental health, and achieve a stable work-life balance.

Even though this is a September Self Care calendar, you can use it every month to help you care for your mental health.

Grief & Loss

When you lose someone close to you, it’s natural to feel sad, depressed, worried or angry. Everyone reacts in their own way. If you’re finding it hard to cope, we can help you find support.

Overall, it has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride since lockdown, the lack of uncertainty and clarity over what we can and can’t do can be overwhelming and severely affect our wellbeing. We have included some information/links below, to support anyone struggling with their mental health:

‘Self Care is how you take your power back’.