World Mental Health Day (Saturday 10 October)

Mental Health is huge topic all around the world; with nearly one billion people globally and 1 in 4 people in the UK, suffering from a mental health condition. Mental Health is a complex disorder in which every day charities and health care organisations are developing a better understanding and support system for those dealing with this type of illness.

As the world continues to adapt and adjusts to the effects of Covid-19, Mental Health needs have increased. The pandemic has brought an array of mental health challenges to people who are already living with mental health problems as well to those who had no pre-existing health conditions. Prioritising mental health has never been more critical. New mental health problems have developed as a result of the pandemic. Challenges being faced as a cause of the virus include; bereavement from the loss of family or loved ones, loneliness and the impact of lockdown and anxiety and stress of the fear of living with the virus and the economic impact.

At Solmedia we do our best to support the NHS and local charities and organisations such as Mind and the Mental Health Foundation, who respond to and support people who are suffering with Mental Health illnesses. As a company we have put together a number of recourses and programmes that encourage our staff to nurture their well-being.

The Mental Health Foundation have put together multiple online guides and tips for people to use to help deal with mental health challenges and help prevent any further problems and improve your well-being they can be found at www.mentalhealth.org.uk.

As many of our customers are on the front line, working hard to fight against this virus, working in hospitals and testing laboratories or adjusting to working from home; good mental health at work has never been more important. Therefore, we wanted to share these ten tips below, on how to look after your mental health:

  • Talk to people about your feelings
  • Keep active
  • Eat well and keep a balanced nutrition
  • Drink sensibly
  • Keep in touch
  • Ask for help
  • Take a break
  • Do something you are good at
  • Accept who you are
  • Care for others

To also raise awareness on World Mental Health Day (Saturday 10 October), the World Health Organization is inviting the global community to take part in The Big Event for Mental Health, where people will take to social media to share videos of them supporting their mental well-being by moving, walking, dancing, exercising or something else entirely and using the hashtag #MoveForMentalHealth.

Resources: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-mental-health

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