Mental health is often misunderstood and used to describe poor mental health. Instead, mental health should be referred to as you would when talking about physical health. Mental health is just as important as physical health and we should always try to avoid things that make our mental health decline and try to keep our minds healthy with things such as exercise, a good diet, socializing, relaxing as well as striving for fulfilling work life.
It can seem like an impossible task sometimes to keep all of these different aspects of your life in good shape, especially when deadlines and the stresses of domestic life exist. One thing we have to remember is that keeping good mental health isn’t always just to be maintained, sometimes, when things get rough, we have to also make time and put things on hold and reflect properly on what mental health looks like to us as individuals.
This year’s Mental Health Day is orientated around suicide prevention. Last year, the UK’s first minister for Suicide Prevention was announced, that being said, suicide rates have actually risen in 2018 by 11.8%. In the UK in 2018, there was also a rise of deaths by suicide in people under 25 years old by almost a fifth.
Even something like feeling more tired than usual can be the cause or have been caused by poor mental health.
Now, we realise this may all seem a bit morbid, but this is the reality of mental health. People who have great mental health don’t have great mental health 100% of the time. Mental Health Day is about looking after yourself, your mental health and others and their mental health.
To find out more about mental health visit: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/