Spelled Out: World Mental Health Day, #MentalHealth

World Mental Health Day is on October 10, and as our awareness of mental health expands, so do we. Since the early 1990s, when the World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH) officially created the day, mental health has made a lot of progress.   Our vocabulary around mental health has evolved as terms like “mad” and “maniac” are being used less casually and we learn how they can be inadvertently cruel and stigmatising. Although we’ve learned quite a bit, there is still  more and more we can do as a community to progress.

What is the history of the World Mental Health Day?

On the proposal of Deputy Secretary-General Richard Hunter, it was first honored on October 10, 1992. The day had no special subject until 1993. On the advice of then-Secretary-General Eugene Brody, World Mental Health Day was given a topic in 1994. “Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services Around the World” was the theme.

WHO is supporting the special day by boosting awareness of mental health issues as well as creating technical and interpersonal materials.

What is the significance of mental health?

Mental health is crucial since it can assist you in achieving your goals.

  • Deal with life’s pressures
  • Develop positive relationships and maintain a healthy physique
  • Contribute to your society in a significant way
  • Work efficiently
  • Make the most of your abilities

What are the ways to enhance your mental health?

  • Appreciate yourself
  • Look after your body
  • Surround yourself with positive individuals
  • Stay away from alcohol and other drugs
  • Change your eating habits
  • Improve your physical activity level

How to Evaluate Your Mental Health?

The smartest thing you can really do is keep an eye out for typical signs that suggest your or some one else’s mental health requires attention. Among these signs are:

  • Anxiety
  • Changes in mood
  • Changes in appetite (loss of or increase of)
  • Apathy
  • Oversensitivity
  • Attention difficulty
  • Insomnia
  • Isolation from social activities
  • Unusual characteristics
  • Lack of energy
  • Regret (without a triggering traumatic event)
  • Abuse of substances

If you’re experiencing either of these signs for a lengthy period of time, you should seek medical help. There is no harm in wanting help for mental problems, just as it is appropriate and vital to seek therapy for a physical condition.

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