World Mental Health Day and Why It's Important
October 10th is World Mental Health Day, with the purpose to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and opening up the door to conversations about what we need as people.
What is Mental Health? Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
What are mental illnesses? Mental illnesses are serious disorders which can affect your thinking, mood, and behavior. They may be occasional or long-lasting. They can affect your ability to relate to others and function each day. Mental disorders are common; more than half of all Americans will be diagnosed with a mental disorder at some time in their life. But there are treatments. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.
Why is mental health important? Mental health is important because it can help you to:
Cope with the stresses of life
Be physically healthy
Have good relationships
Make meaningful contributions to your community
Realize your full potential
How can I improve my mental health? There are steps you can take you to help you improve your mental health. They include:
Being physically active
Connecting with others
Developing a sense of meaning and purpose in life
Getting enough sleep
Developing coping skills
Getting professional help if you need it
We want to encourage you that how you feel is important, and there are people that can help you. You are not the only one. You are not alone in this. You are important and worth having a healthy mind! Reach out to your healthcare professional today!