With World Mental Health Day just around the corner, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of prioritising mental health.
Every day, each of us does what we can to stay physically healthy. We go for a walk or hit the gym to stay physically fit. And we nourish our body with healthy meals to ensure it can fight off illness. Nobody has to tell us to look after our physical health, it is something most of us do without even thinking about it. We are, after all, creatures of habit.
So, why don’t we do the same for our mental health? Why do we wait until we are suffering before we take the steps needed to improve our mental wellbeing?
If we wake up every day and make the conscious decision to prioritise our mental health, we can significantly improve our overall wellbeing and prevent our mental health from deteriorating.
World Mental Health Day
You may have seen #WorldMentalHealthDay floating around on social media within the last week or so. World Mental Health Day is more than just a buzzword or a trending topic; it is an annual awareness day celebrated around the globe. Charities, businesses, and people come together to educate, raise awareness, and eradicate the stigma surrounding mental ill-health.
In addition, it provides an opportunity for people to get the help they need. This year, World Mental Health Day takes place on Saturday 20th October 2020 and the theme is ‘mental health for all’.
As you already know, 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. The pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives, from our social circles to our businesses. The effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic have also significantly impacted the mental health of millions around the world.
UK experts are now warning of a looming mental health crisis that will put a strain on the already-stretched NHS mental health services.
This means that prioritising our mental health is now more important than ever.
Charities And Organisations Making A Difference
Here are a handful of our favourite organisations and mental health charities. They are providing tools, resources, and events in aid of World Mental Health Day:
- Mental Health Foundation
- Time To Change
- Lord Mayor’s Appeal – Green Ribbon Campaign
- World Health Organisation
- Mental Health At Work
The Importance Of Prioritising Mental Health
Mental ill-health does not just impact the person affected. It has a detrimental impact on those closest to the person struggling. Speaking of his own experience, the Mindful Partners founder Kai described depression as “a black hole in which those closest to the ‘patient’ are likely to be drawn into the darkness while trying to help”.
Mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety can break down relationships and devastate families. They can also cause people to lose their careers. But at its very worst, mental ill-health can lead to suicide. With one in six adults experiencing a common mental health condition in any given week and the suicide rate continuously increasing, it is crucial that we are prioritising our mental health.
As the stigma surrounding mental health is ever so slowly ebbed away, access to mental health support is becoming easier to find. The world appears to be waking up to the fact that mental ill-health can happen to anybody.
Aside from the mental health charities mentioned above, Public Health England is also aiming to improve the nation’s mental health. PHE has recently launched Every Mind Matters, which is England’s first ever national NHS-endorsed mental health platform.
Every Mind Matters
The mental health platform aims to help people address mental health concerns and spot the early signs of mental health problems. It features articles, advice, and resources on everything from sleep to possible causes of mental conditions. It also provides an Urgent Helpline as well as support for those trying to help someone else with mental ill-health.
We all think it won’t happen to us, until it does. If you need advice on how to prioritise your mental health, or you are struggling and need support, you can find help here.
Mindful Partners And Mental Health
Mindful Partners is a specialist recruitment agency that helps people who are recovering from mental ill-health get back into the workplace. Our founder Kai talks of his own history with mental ill-health here – giving you an insight into why we are so passionate about mental health.
We understand that returning to your career after being off with mental health problems can be extremely challenging. At Mindful Partners, we are devoted to helping candidates overcome their low self-esteem and return to a job they love.
We also help employers find their perfect candidate. Plus, we provide 24-hour support and integration training until your candidate is settled in their new role.
With our in-house mental health first aiders and psychologists, we can provide expert mental health support and training.
Get In Touch
If you would like to find out more about Mindful Partners or you are recovering from mental ill-health and are looking to get back into work, please get in touch.