Urhobo World is marking World Mental Health Day on 10 October by raising awareness of how important it is to take care of your mental health, particularly during this time of global pandemic, and look out for friends and family who may be struggling.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues we are mindful that more people may struggle with their mental health. Communities and organisations across the world are using the day to come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people develop serious mental distress and good mental health for all is a recognised priority.
Organised by the World Federation for Mental Health, this year’s theme is mental health for all. We all know someone who has been affected by mental health challenges, particularly during the pandemic and the difficult challenges it has brought to all our lives. For many, it has led to isolation, fear, loneliness and uncertainty, hardship, and for some, the difficulties they have faced have even led to disturbed mental health and thoughts of self-harm.
We can show support for better mental health by acknowledging the issue and talking to each other to promote wellbeing for everyone. Against the backdrop of the pandemic with economic hardship taking hold and restrictions likely to be in place for some time, this is more important than ever.
We can all follow some simple guidelines to encourage good mental health. By paying close attention to our environment and how we feel, it can be easier to manage the things that threaten to overwhelm us. There are five steps that individuals and communities can take to improve mental health and wellbeing and build kindness into daily life; these are the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and include connect, keep learning, be active, give and take notice.
It’s important to remember that no matter what you’re going through, it’s okay to talk and there’s lots of help and support available to you in your local community; from your family, to local organisations like churches and other faith groups. You can also access support from charities, local health organisations and online resources across the internet.
World Mental Health day provides an opportunity to talk about this issue and its far-reaching impact. It gives us further opportunity to remind people to support to anyone struggling with their mental wellbeing and urge them to seek support.
It is important for us to have conversations with each other about how we are feeling, the challenges we face and the effect of these things on every aspect of our lives. The coronavirus pandemic has made things particularly difficult for people who may be feeling lonely and confused, facing hardship or addressing concerns about their general health. It is important that people know they are not alone and that we can all be a support to each other.