World Mental Health Day 2018

World Mental Health Day is on Wednesday 10th October 2018. This year’s focus set by the The World federation For Mental Health (WFMH) is on young people and mental health in an ever changing world.

Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time, at any day of the year, but studies show that mental ill health often starts in young adulthood. It’s vital that we give young people access to the support they need to grow up happy, healthy and resilient.

Mental health has become a bit of a buzz word lately. Its almost hip to talk about your mental health issues! But World Mental Health Day 2018 is a great time to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.

As a therapist I obviously think this is fantastic news. While I wouldn’t necessarily recommend bragging about your emotional struggles I would encourage speaking openly about them.

This is because one of the simplest ways to ease our distress is to talk about it.

I have noticed that more and more people are getting in touch for therapy. Both men and women, which is great news as historically men haven’t come forward in the same numbers that women have.

So anything that lifts the stigma around mental health and helps people to do this, then lets do that.

To help support this and acknowledge World Mental Health Day 2018 some of our practitioners at HQ Therapy Rooms have offered a few tips.

World Mental Health Day 2018 Anita Gaspar.

Anita Gaspar – Counsellor & Psychotherapist

“Take regular time out from social media. People tend to post filtered/edited photos on social media which portray an image of a “perfect” life. If you are feeling low (or even if you are not) and compare your life to what you see, this can have a very negative impact on your self-esteem and confidence.”

World Mental Health Day 2018 Amy Westwick.

Amy Westwick – Integrative Counsellor

“A Mental Health tip for me would be making time to spend in nature. I find even brief half hour walk surrounded by trees and greenery can really help to calm and soothe me.”

World Mental Health Day 2018 Sylvia Cowell.

Sylvia Cowell – Psychodynamic Therapist & CBT Counsellor

My tip for World Mental Health Day 2018 is: ‘treat yourself with the compassion you would reserve for a trusted friend.’ Practice a little self-compassion every day.

World Mental Health Day 2018 Nicole Lempriere 01.

Nicole Lempriere – Integrative Psychotherapist

My tip to support and manage my mental health is about balance and acceptance.

I try to notice when I may be giving myself a hard time, or experiencing negative thought patterns. For me this frustration often comes about in terms of time management and being annoyed with myself for feeling stressed or anxious when things are overwhelming.

In trying to accept that I may be finding a particular situation to be stressful, I acknowledge the feelings I am experiencing and consider what I may need to feel more stable within myself.

Armed with a bit more knowledge (and distance!) from the immediate reaction I can then consider what I need to counterbalance this experience and what I can implement to meet that need.

This can be asking a friend or partner to help, speaking to someone about how I’m feeling or even just going on a long walk after a particularly stressful day at the office.

It helps to have a few coping mechanisms in mind prior to when you need to repair and replenish your resilience stores. If you find it difficult to know where to start, perhaps it may be helpful to speak to a therapist for further guidance.