Mental Health Awareness Day: 10th October 2023
With World Mental Health Day on October 10th, it's a good time to look at mental health awareness and how stress can be managed. According to the World Health Organisation, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting more than 264 million people. Moreover, anxiety disorders are widespread, with over 284 million people suffering from them.
Mental health problems are not limited to age
Young Adulthood (18-35)
Practicing self-care, setting realistic goals, and seeking support from family, friends, peers or mental health professionals can be beneficial. Check if your benefits package at work can help by providing mental health support such as an assistance helpline.
Middle Adulthood (36-65)
During middle adulthood, the struggles of managing family responsibilities, career demands, and financial pressures are often what takes over. Finding a work-life balance is important at this stage of your life. Having time for self-care, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are what will help keep stressors at bay.
Older Adults (65+)
Factors like health concerns, and loss of loved ones can contribute to stress in older adults. The need to maintain social connections, engage in physical and mental activities, and seek professional help should this be needed.
How to help yourself and others suffering with stress or anxiety
- Seek help through any workplace benefits that may be offered to you through your employment
- Find a form of exercise that helps you. Getting out for a stroll after dinner or on your lunch break can have huge mental health benefits
- Find a work-life balance that works for you. Remember that this may look different to your colleagues, but as long as it works for you that is what is important
- Find someone you can talk to, who you trust, and be honest and open with them.
Dos and don’ts to having a supportive conversation
- Do choose the right environment and give your full attention, listening without judgement
- Do ask open questions and don’t assume you have all the answers to their problems
- Do reflect back on their words, clarifying details, and show empathy to their situation
- Do try and empower the person to find the answers, and ask what they think would help them
- Don’t challenge, ignore or invalidate and try not to compare you with them
- Don’t diagnose or try and find an easy solution.
Organisations who could help
Open 24/7 for anyone who needs to talk.
Call: 116 123
Offers advice, support and information to people experiencing mental health difficulty and their family and friends. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm (except bank holidays).
Call: 0300 123 3393
If you would prefer not to talk but want some mental health support, you could text SHOUT to 85258. Shout offers a confidential 24/7 text service providing support if you are in crisis and need immediate help.
Anxiety UK provides advice and support to people living with anxiety.
Call: 03444 775 774
Text: 07537 416 905