Last Thursday was the day the World Health Organisation had set aside for World Mental Health Day. I’ve written often about the subject of mental health as I believe we need both mind and body to be healthy for ageing well and living well. Mental health is also any area that still carries stigma and we need to change that. Many of us at one time or another have experienced mental health issues, whether we like to admit it or not.
WHO – World Mental Health Day
Quoting from WHO’s website:
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.
The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
Both Mike and I have experienced different forms of mental health issues over the years. Sometimes coping well, other times not so well.
If you read my last post How a compliment, a glacier and coming home gave me perspective, you may have picked up on the fact that I have been struggling lately. Self-imposed pressures placed on myself has resulted in me feeling burned out and feeling overwhelmed. It might seem like first world problems to some, but the way we feel and cope with issues in our life can be a very real problem.
In the past, we were told to have a ‘stiff upper lip’ and it certainly would have been frowned upon to show any form of mental ‘weakness’.
Well thank goodness times are changing albeit not as fast as we would like! I received so many positive comments from readers and other bloggers who supported me and also shared their experiences with me.
By talking, not ignoring, we can begin to encourage others to share their feelings rather than keeping them hidden and suffering quietly.
Mental Health Australia’s theme for the Mental Health Day this year was:
We were asked to ‘See beyond the stigma and make mental health more visible by making a #MentalHealthPromise’.
The idea is to help reduce the stigma around mental illness and make way for more people to seek help and support.
Make a #MentalHealthPromise is about selecting a promise or several if you wish, or write your own promise and post to the Promise Wall on their website. The site also have a range of images for you to choose from if you prefer.
My promise is to promote Mental Health Awareness with my family, friends and through social media to remove the stigma.
To date, there have been 26,528 promises posted to the wall.
Self-care is such an important part of maintaining our mental health. While I am finding my direction with the blog, stepping back a little and perhaps not blogging as often, I have decided to incorporate ‘Self Care Sunday with Sue’.
Each week I will be sharing a Self Care Sunday with Sue tip on my social media. A short and sweet video with a weekly tip on ways you can incorporate Self Care into daily life – because you are worth it.
Some tips you will already know, but it never hurts to be reminded. I would also love you to share with me your Self Care tips and thoughts.
Will you make a #MentalHealthPromise to make mental health more visible and remove the stigma?
If you or your family member are struggling, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for help and support.