You may be thinking why is a mobile optician writing about a blog about mental health. Well we are just as passionate about mental health as we are about eye health. We wanted to highlight this significant day in the calendar and remind you why mental health is important, especially at this difficult time with the COVID pandemic.
This year’s World Mental Health theme is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’.
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.
Source: World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) https://wfmh.global/2021-world-mental-health-global-awareness-campaign-world-mental-health-day-theme/
This year by highlighting the services available it is hoped that ‘mental health care for all’ can become a reality. There is lots of support out there internationally which is where WFMH is involved and more relevantly and locally the NHS have great support and resources, including their Every Mind Matters Campaign. This important campaign is designed to empower adults to take simple self-care actions to look after their mental health and well-being. We thought we would support this vital cause by highlighting some things you can do on a daily basis to help your mental health.
If you feel like you need more support with your mental health issues and are struggling with difficult times then please contact your mental health services who would be able to help:
A really great resource launched by NHS is their Every Mind Matters campaign.
The impact and experience of the past 18 months has been difficult for us all. That’s why it’s so important to look after our mental health and wellbeing. Better Health-Every Mind Matters will launch a campaign to support the nation’s mental wellbeing, showing the little things we can all do and how these can make a big difference; helping us to lead happier, healthier lives and cope with life’s challenges.
At the heart of the campaign is the free, NHS-approved Mind Plan. By answering five simple questions online, adults will get a personalised mental health action plan with practical tips for helping deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better, and feel more in control.
Search Every Mind Matters to see what works for you.
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