World Mental Health Day 10 October 2021
World Mental Health day is recognised by the World Health Organisation on 10 October.
The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
Each year there is a theme, this year is ‘Mental health in an unequal world.’
The Pandemic and 2020 highlighted inequalities due to race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and the lack of respect for human rights in many countries, including for people living with mental health conditions. Such inequalities have an impact on people’s mental health.
This theme, chosen for 2021, will highlight that access to mental health services remains unequal, with between 75% to 95% of people with mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries unable to access mental health services at all, and access in high income countries is not much better. Lack of investment in mental health disproportionate to the overall health budget contributes to the mental health treatment gap.
What can you do to support yourself on World Mental Health Day?
The Mental Health Foundation has a number of helpful pamphlets on how you can look after your mental health that can be downloaded for free, including;
- How to look after your mental health
- Support mental health at work
- How to manage and reduce stress
- Overcome fear and anxiety
- How to look after your mental health using mindfulness
- How to look after your mental health using exercise
- How to sleep Better
- How to look after your mental health in later life
- The truth about self-harm
We also have some useful blogs on how you can support your mental health
- Tips for better sleep
- Plant therapy – Nature’s Impact on our Mental Health
- Keeping Hydrated for Better Mental Health
- Exercise and Mental Health – Developing a Practice
If you would like more formal support with your mental health and would like to make an appointment with Paul, please call Paul on 07843 813 537 or fill in the form on the Contact Page, if he doesn’t answer he is probably in a session, please leave him a message and he will call you back as soon as he can.