World Mental Health Day 2018

Thursday 10th October is World Mental Health Day. Mental health is just like physical health – everybody has it and we need to take care of it. Mental health problems affect around 1 in 4 people that can range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Taking care of our mental health. We all need to take care of our mental health and wellbeing whether we have a mental health problem or not. Mental wellbeing describes how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. There are a number of steps that can be taken to help improve and maintain well-being that includes making time for yourself, building positive relationships and getting active.

Build positive relationships – Connecting with others can help us to feel a greater sense of belonging and can help to challenge feelings of loneliness.

Look after your physical health – Looking after your body can help to keep you mentally well. Making small, gradual changes can have a positive impact on your mental wellbeing

Moving – our mental and physical health are closely linked. Regular exercise can help improve mental health.

Drugs and alcohol – some people believe that drinking and taking drugs boosts your confidence, however these can have a negative effect on your mental wellbeing.

Eating – exploring how what you eat affects how you view yourself, can help you to feel better.

Sleeping – getting too little or too much sleep can have a big impact on how you feel.

There are a number of charities across the U.K that work to tackle and support to those affected by mental health:

  • BUPA – 0345 600 5446 – open 27/7
  • Mind0300 123 3393 – open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm
  • The Samaritans116 123 – open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)0800 58 58 58 – for men aged 15-35 open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight
  • No panic – 0844 967 4848 – open daily from 10am to 10pm for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD
  • Rethink Mental Illness – 0300 5000 927 – open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm
  • Men’s Health Forum – 020 7922 7908 – 24/7 stress support for men
  • Sane – 0845 767 8000 – open daily from 6am to 11pm

Over the last two years, team Chapman Ventilation have hosted bake sales to raise money for Mental Health Awareness Week and have so far raised a combined total of over £100.

For more information, visit http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2018/en/