The 10 October is designated as World Mental Health Day. Over the last couple of years, the pandemic has had a massive impact on all of us.
by Emma Johnson
From newborn to the oldest in society, the lockdowns have affected us all in one way or another. Dr Adrian James, Head of The Royal College of Psychiatry, said in an interview with the Guardian newspaper
COVID-19 poses the greatest threat to mental health since the second world war.
While Vicki Nash, head of policy and campaigns Mind said:
We cannot underestimate the long-term effect this will have on people’s mental health
We have all struggled, emotionally, economically, and healthwise. Some have gained weight, others lost in their struggles. More people have turned to alcohol and drugs to cope. Children and adults withdrew from society and are still finding it hard to get back to social contact. Many of them are suffering from apparent unexplainable panic attacks. Discrimination has increased and lone parenting was even tougher than normal.
World Mental Health Day
The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is:
Mental health in an unequal world.
We can’t let the ever increasing inequalities take away our chance to talk about mental health. Now more than ever it is important that we talk about how we can look after it. We need to be open and honest with friends, listen and be heard by those around us. When things aren’t working we also need to learn to get help.
World Mental Health is launching a £2 million Covid Response Programme to work with partners to help some of the people who have been hardest hit.
One day in mental health is not enough. We need to pull together support, support each other every moment of every day. Recognise when someone is struggling but also try to help ourselves before we let our mood drop too low to get it back.
4 Simple Ways
If you are still struggling, there is a way out:
- GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP – Since lockdown, sleep deprivation, often anxiety-induced, has increased. Caused by isolation, fear, financial problems, and the juggles of work and home. As we return to normal make your sleep routine a priority.
- LIFESTYLE CHANGES – A healthier weight and lifestyle is shown to improve health and sleep. If you’re keen to get healthier getting fitter speak to friendly, local gyms. They’ll be non-judgemental and welcoming. Losing weight can be hard by doing it alone, get help from someone who specialises in weight-loss and has possibly gone through the journey too.
- PAMPER YOURSELF – Facial and beauty treatments may seem like an indulgence but sometimes that little treat that makes you look better will make you feel better. Local salons are still practicing COVID safe procedures.
- GET SOCIAL – Meet up with friends for a coffee, go for a walk. Just one small step to face-to-face talking, as hard as it is, will help to bring your confidence back.
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