World Mental Health Day

 In Awareness Campaigns, Mental Health

World Mental Health Day is on the 10th October every year and was created in 1992 by the World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH). Mental health problems are not as obvious as physical health problems but should be taken just as seriously.

What is the aim of World Mental Health Day?

World Mental Health day gives the global community the chance to raise awareness of a variety of mental health issues, and educate people on topics such as the signs and symptoms and how best to deal with them.

This year the topic of the awareness day is “mental health in the workplace” and the support people can provide those in distress

Its gives organizations the chance to speak to a captive audience and offer advice on topics such as how to deal with mental health issues. It also gives mental health suffers a chance for their stories to be heard. To help other sufferers overcome their mental health issues.

This year the topic of the awareness day is “Mental Health in the workplace” and the support people can provide those in distress.

What is Psychological First aid?

If you have ever had first aid training or had to administer first aid, the primary focus is that of the physical health of the victim. If someone is hurt, your job is to make sure they are ok. To check if they need any professional help.

Psychological first aid is no different to this. World Mental Health Day wants to help all of us to build our confidence and be able to offer support to people who might have mental health problems.

Every day people are suffering and going through hard times in their life. Whether it’s losing a loved one, stress at work, serious physical illness or sometimes suffering abuse and/or violence. These situations add pressure on a person and can cause major stress, increasing the chances of someone suffering mental health problems.

Just like in physical first aid, anyone at any time might be called upon to help someone suffering from a traumatic incident. This could involve a loved one, a colleague or a random person on the street. World Mental Health Day wants to encourage people to offer basic support. Then if that isn’t enough they can go seek professional help. Sometimes all it takes is that basic support to help someone through a tough time in life to stop them needing professional help down the line.

Mental health statistics

  • Mixed anxiety and depression are the most common mental disorder in Britain, with 7.8% of people meeting criteria for diagnosis
  • 4-10% of people in England will experience depression in their lifetime
  • Mixed anxiety and depression have been estimated to cause one-fifth of days lost from work in Britain
  • One in six adults had a common mental disorder
  • For every £1 spent on early intervention psychosis teams that work with young people in their first episode of schizophrenia, £18 is saved
  • Aerobic exercise, performed for 30-40 minutes, three times a week for at least a 12 week period was effective at improving mental health outcomes in people with Schizophrenia
  • The average per-person cost of lost employment (including service costs) due to schizophrenia and related conditions for those aged 45-65 is estimated at £19,078, while costs for those aged 15-44 were just under £30,000
  • In 2013 there were 2 million cases of anxiety in the UK
  • In England, women are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders as men

 

References

  1. http://wfmh.com/index.php/world-mental-health-day
  2. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day
  3. http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2016/en/
  4. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/statistics/mental-health-statistics-most-common-mental-health-problems
  5. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/statistics/mental-health-statistics-schizophrenia
  6. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/statistics/mental-health-statistics-anxiety
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