This World Mental Health Day, the theme is mental health in an unequal world. On October 10th we should all make the effort to say, understand and try our best to encourage this year’s campaign slogan; Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality. The World Mental Health Day 2021 campaign shines a focus on issues that perpetuate mental health inequality all across the world. It also encourages researchers to share what they know about mental health inequality including practical ideas about how to tackle it.
Alongside this theme, World Mental Health Day is a time to raise awareness for mental health issues around the world through the initiative of WHO, the World Health Organisation. The day offers the opportunity to empower people to look after their own mental health and provide support to others.
It is no secret that living through this pandemic has put great strain on mental health which is only exasperated when you are unable to see your loved ones in person. Some groups have been particularly affected, such as frontline workers, students, people living alone and those with pre-existing mental health conditions. This World Health Mental Day will mark more than 18 months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health services have been greatly disrupted in this time. But there is some cause for optimism. During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments from across the globe recognised the necessity to scale up quality mental health services at all levels and endorsed WHO’s Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan.
Due to these challenging times, it’s important to do activities that benefit your mental health. Here are five tips to help you keep mentally well during this difficult period.
1. Get active
Exercising increases wellbeing and helps to reduce the symptoms of common mental health concerns. Even though many gyms are closed, you can still find fun and rewarding workouts you can do from home.
2. Connect with others
Due to the impact of COVID-19, social connection is more important than ever. Even though you may not be able to see your loved ones in person, try to use technology to make sure you are reaching out to your family, friends, neighbours, and community.
3. Limit media consumption and choose trusted sources
Try to limit how often you engage with news and social media and be sure to find news sources that are trustworthy and factual. Make sure you are seeking out content that makes you happy and feel comfortable wherever possible.
4. Eat well
By eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and avoiding processed foods, you can improve not only your physical self, but how you feel mentally.
5. Keep to a routine
Try and keep to your regular routine as much as possible, including sleep, exercise, work, daily chores, recreational activities and connecting with others. Find fun whenever you can in these daily activities.
The World Mental Health Day 2021 campaign affords an opportunity for everyone to come together and act together to highlight how inequality can be addressed to ensure people are able to enjoy good mental health.