Every day, there are millions of people who fight for stable mental health. Especially this year the COVID pandemic had a huge effect on our mental health. And it is not easy to cope up with everything without feeling stressed. Mental health is nothing but a state of well-being where an individual can cope up with stress and stay productive. It includes a person’s emotional, social and psychological well-being. And a good mental state affects our overall personality from how we feel, act and think. However, many factors can affect our mental health. For instance, loneliness, stress, loss of a loved one, and so on. The reasons can be many yet people hardly talk about the solution. Meanwhile, life is not simple and one can face one or many worst experiences/trauma in their life. And this may lead to anxiety and depression, which are the signs of mental illness.
Mental Health Awareness Week
Living your life with any kind of mental illness is not easy. This may eat a person from inside. Therefore, it is important to have enough awareness about the importance of mental health. And this is why each year, the Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 27 September to 3 October. It is celebrated in more than 150 countries and endorsed by the World Federation for Mental Health. The main aim of the campaign is as the name suggests, to spread awareness about mental health. And every year, the campaign has different themes for the week.
Take Time to korero/ma te korero, ka ora- a little chat can go a long way – this is The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021.This speaks about the importance of having a conversation with each other. According to the chief executive of Mental Health Foundation Shaun Robinson, a little conversation every day can have a huge positive impact on our mental health. The main focus of the theme this year lies in making a space where people can talk about their well-being and mental health.
Why Is Mental Health Awareness Important?
Day by day the Mental Health awareness has been growing rapidly. In other words, people are realizing the importance of it. Although, there was a time when people used to treat mental illness as a taboo. Nonetheless, ignoring it will not make the issue disappear or solve automatically. Instead, there is the chance that things might get worse. However, when a person suffers from a mental health issue, they might not always show it. There is always a fear of getting judged by others. And with the awareness program, people get a chance to speak and share their unexpressed emotions.
Therefore, Mental Health Awareness Week can make a huge impact on people’s lives. This campaign is an opportunity for everyone to talk about their mental health. At the same time, people can also share their stories, struggles, suggestions, and advice. Along with that, it also eases identification and early prevention. And this may help thousands of people who are slowly finding themselves in the dark phase of anxiety.
A little chat every day can keep the stress away!
According to research,1 in 4 American people suffers from mental illness. We all have been witnessing the devastating effects of the pandemic since last year. And this has proven to be a huge cause for unstable mental health for many people. Similarly, there are many factors along with our hectic lives that can make everything stressful. And this may result in overthinking, stress, depression, or anxiety. Talking to someone about your thoughts and feelings can have a prime impact on your mental health. Although, it is not always easy to open up about your feelings to someone.
Nevertheless, talking to someone can be a great way to cope up with whatever is going on in your mind. Similarly, one can be a good listener as well. For instance, if your friend is suffering from mental illness, you can encourage them to talk. This is, however, the main aim of Mental Health Awareness Week. The campaign gives importance to having a little chat with our close ones. And it will help us share our feelings and understand the other person as well. So, take care of yourself and talk to your primary care provider if you feel any trouble.