Check in with your mates for Mental Health Month. 8th – 16th October 2022 is World Mental Health Week.
The 2022 theme – “Back to Basics” – provides foundational knowledge about mental health and mental health conditions and information about what individuals can do if their mental health is a cause for concern. Since the start of the pandemic, more and more people are talking about mental health.
World Mental Health Day was celebrated for the first time on October 10, 1992, at the initiative of Deputy Secretary General Richard Hunter. Up until 1994, the day had no specific theme other than general promoting mental health advocacy and educating the public.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global crisis for mental health, fueling short- and long-term stresses and undermining the mental health of millions. Estimates put the rise in both anxiety and depressive disorders at more than 25% during the first year of the pandemic. At the same time, mental health services have been severely disrupted and the treatment gap for mental health conditions has widened.
What is Mental Health?
It’s an essential part of a person’s health. The World Health Organization (WHO) constitution says: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
According to the WHO, mental health is when an individual realizes their abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to their community.
4 Things for Businesses to Remember When Celebrating World Mental Health Day
- Think beyond the day: Annual days are useful to raise awareness of certain issues, but your work shouldn’t begin and end on October 10th. It’s important to have a more long-term view.
- Ask for staff input: Of course, mental health is a personal topic for some—by setting up personal polls or questionnaires, some people may feel more comfortable having their say on the activities they’d like to go ahead, or the policies that should be adapted or adopted.
- Host a mental health party to build awareness: Put out some snacks and drinks or ask everyone to go to lunch together. Then, invite your coworkers to come chat about mental health. This helps start a conversation about mental health in the workplace.
- Set clear goals: Are you looking to raise money? Create a more inclusive culture? Revise company policies? Whatever your ambition(s), make sure you’re transparent with your employees or colleagues—and that you can stick to them!
The green ribbon is the international symbol of mental health awareness. Wear a green ribbon to show colleagues, loved ones or simply those you walk past that you care about their mental health. It can also be worn in memory of a loved one.
Are you seeking Natural Therapies for Mental Health conditions such as anxiety, depression, panic or stress?
Please contact Naturopath Australia, located in Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast as a first step in the right direction
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