Lucy Pilliner Staff Engagement Manager talks about World Mental Health Day.
World Mental Health Day 10th October 2022
Today is an international day for global Mental Health education awareness, and advocacy against social stigma.
It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organisation with members and contacts in more than a 150 countries.
TODAY 10TH October, thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness program to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on people’s lives worldwide.
With everything that is happening around us right now, it can be easy to feel powerless, but there are aspects of our life we can manage and control. We want you to embrace what is in your power to start doing, stop doing or change something that will support your mental health.
so, this world mental health day, ask yourself…. What can you do to make Mental Health Day a priority.
You can find more information: World Mental Health Day 2022 – Mental Health UK (mentalhealth-uk org)
What’s in your circle of control?
When thinking about how to look after number one, a great place to start is visualising what’s in your circle of control. What aspects of your life can you make a priority, what brings meaning and comfort to your life? Are they within your control?
You’re sure to find something within your circle of control that can bring about a positive impact on your mental health.
With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues, and neighbours. Building these relationships will support and enrich your everyday.
Step outside, go for a walk, cycle, run, play a game. Being active makes you feel active, so find something you enjoy doing and get out there!
Be curious, be mindful, savour the moment. Whether walking to work or talking to friends, be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. With awareness comes appreciation.
Try something new. Re-discover an old interest, sign up for that course. Learning new things will make you more confident.
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone, smile at a stranger or volunteer your time for a cause. This can be so rewarding.
Additional mental health and wellbeing support
The charity Mind provides information about how to plan for a crisis.
Samaritans has a free to call service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, if you want to talk to someone in confidence. Call them on 116 123
Are you a young person is crisis? Click here to visit the Young Minds website for more support.
These services offer confidential advice from trained volunteers. You can talk about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how difficult:
- Call 116 123 to talk to Samaritans, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a reply within 24 hours
- Text “SHOUT” to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text “YM” if you’re under 19
If you’re under 19, you can also call 0800 1111 to talk to Childline. The number will not appear on your phone bill.
0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday) for confidential mental health information services
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
0800 58 58 58 (5pm–midnight) Provides listening services, information and support for men at risk of suicide.
Text YM to 85258 24/7 support across the UK if you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis.
Online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people
Support for people aged 11-19 accessed by texting 07507331750.