Since 1992, World Mental Health Day has been celebrated each year on October 10th to help raise awareness about mental disorders and diseases. Since its conception, mental health services and research have come a long way. However, much research is still needed to support and educate people about these disorders and how important it is to continue this mission. World Mental Health Day is an attempt to break down the stigmas surrounding mental disorders and remove the slang terms attached to people with these disorders. It is about advocacy and promoting empathy for those that struggle with a disorder. Additionally, it is about advancing discoveries in mental health and evolving society.
World Mental Health Day is not just a day to reflect on discoveries and breakthroughs, nor does it solely focus on being an advocate for change–it also encourages you to seek treatment if you need it. It is becoming more common to associate alcohol and drug abuse with brain disorders such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, and schizophrenia. World Mental Health Day could be the opportunity for you to participate by getting yourself help.
Observing World Mental Health Day
Globally, one in four people will require mental health care at some point during their life. In the U.S., more than 43 million Americans struggle with mental health. Further, depression rates among the youth have risen from 5.9% to 8.2% in just under ten years. These numbers show a startling truth about how many people are affected by mental health disorders. However, the cause should also focus on how many people are motivated to get help and the quality of care they receive.
Group Therapy in the Workplace
Observing Mental Health Day should be more than just being aware of it; it is an opportunity to participate and encourage others to participate in activities that bring awareness to mental health, especially in the workplace. Some places of employment might accommodate those affected with a mental disorder. However, the subject itself is not something commonly explored in the work environment. In recent years, many employees have been championing mental health as a subject to be openly discussed in the workplace.
One way to encourage such change is for employers to offer group therapy workshops at work. This workshop can provide a safe environment for employees to express themselves. It is an excellent practice to discern what issues might be affecting those in the work environment. Often, employees who feel pressure or anxiety or depression do not talk about it at work and bottle up these feelings. Eventually, this could lead to an unexpected change in behavior if it is not dealt with at the onset. It is why offering group therapy in the workplace is a terrific way to get these feelings out and make changes to the work environment and company policies. It also helps to create more understanding and more of a bond between co-workers and employees.
If you have been neglecting yourself from taking the time to get back in touch with yourself, World Mental Health Day is the perfect opportunity to start practicing self-care. Start by evaluating your daily schedule and your moods at certain times throughout the day. Do you feel more stressed at certain times? Sad? Happy? Sit with your thoughts and ask yourself why you think this way. What triggers these thoughts? Could you benefit from changing your sleep schedule? Or taking your lunch break a little later or earlier? Explore what you want out of life and what your connection with these desires is. Understanding yourself and how you influence your choices is one of the most profound ways of understanding how your mind works. Understanding yourself on a deeper level, you can get from life what you truly desire, and you can also measure your health and awareness at the onset.
Each year World Mental Health Day has a theme. For 2020, the theme is kindness. This is an admirable theme that everybody can benefit from, so whatever your participation in World Mental Health Day is, remember to include kindness. Be kind to yourself and others. While in years past, the theme has been more focused on a specific aspect of mental health such as suicide or depression. These specific themes might not apply to you and your story; however, they are still worth learning. This is about creating awareness and having the education to understand others better. This will also give you the motivation to help others.
World Mental Health Day
Mental health care and treatments evolve through research and social change. Take this opportunity to identify problems and stigmas that surround mental health and work to change them. This kind of recognition can only stand to improve the quality of care those that suffer receive, so it’s important to educate yourself so you can seek proper treatment when needed. Too often are patients misdiagnosed or mistreated because they are under the supervision of a professional who is not qualified to treat their disorder. This is why it’s important to raise awareness and educate yourself and others about mental health and care, whether it is getting the best medication, therapist, counselor, or other alternative practices such as meditation or mindfulness.
Share Your Story
Perhaps the most important thing you can do on World Mental Health Day is to share your story. Your recovery and triumph stories will stand as a pillar of hope for others that might be hesitant. Whether you have overcome an addiction or depression, your story and treatment will continue to evolve the awareness and treatments offered for mental health. Likewise, use other’s stories of triumph to uplift and motivate yourself. We know that there is a strong connection between our genetics, our choices, and how they affect the brain, and though complex, science is on the forefront of having some breakthroughs surrounding disorders and diseases such as addiction, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, bipolar, and schizophrenia. Let’s keep the momentum moving forward.
World Mental Health Day is about raising social awareness about mental health disorders and advocating for advancements in treatment and care. Evolution and breakthroughs in treatment cannot happen without your voice and a collective effort of all people to keep a lack of funding and education from hindering these studies. Your voice counts. If you are hesitant to get started or are already suffering from a disease or disorder, it is time to get help. We here at, True Recovery offer 24/7 care to work with you to understand and find the best treatment for you. No matter what ails you, True Recovery has established a reputation for spearheading these causes surrounding mental health and addiction. We are equipped with an educated and understanding staff that will make you feel comfortable throughout the process. Don’t wait to get help when there is already help waiting for you. To learn more, call us today at (866) 399-6528.