World Mental Health Day T-Shirt
Mental Health, defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”.
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.
In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.
Mental health disorders
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behaviour could be affected. The common problems range from depression and anxiety to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Experiencing a mental health problem is often upsetting, confusing and frightening, particularly at first. If you become unwell, you may feel that it’s a sign of weakness, or that you are ‘losing your mind’.
However, in reality, mental health problems are a common human experience. They can happen to all kinds of people from all walks of life. And it’s likely that you will get better when you find a combination of self-care treatment and support that works for you. There is a way out.
- Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year.
- Mental, neurological and substance use disorders make up 10% of the global burden of disease and 30% of the non-fatal disease burden.
- Around 1 in 5 of the world’s children and adolescents have a mental disorder.
- Depression is one of the leading causes of disability, affecting 264 million people.
- About half of mental disorders begin before the age of 14.
- The global economy loses about US$ 1 trillion per year in productivity due to depression and anxiety.
Ways to maintain positive mental health
- Getting professional help if you need it
- Connecting with others
- Staying positive
- Getting physically active
- Helping others
- Getting enough sleep
- Developing coping skills
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues worldwide and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. This year is the most important one yet. The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on us all, and prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.
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