Every year on October 10, World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness about mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health.
You can observe World Mental Health Day by improving your own knowledge about mental health, raising awareness, and supporting local, regional and national organizations that are dedicated to these efforts.
What Should I Do on World Mental Health Day?
It is so important to expand your knowledge, advocate against social stigmas and support people suffering from a wide range of mental disorders. So here are a few ways to do it.
Volunteer for an organization that supports mental health, such as one that focuses on child and adolescent mental health. Depression is a growing concern among children and organizations such as Big Brothers and Sisters of America can help locate a local area for you to volunteer.
Consider reading a book to better understand what it’s like to suffer from mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. Similarly, you could watch movies and documentaries that explore what it is like to experience and work through a mental health issue.
You can also honor World Mental Health Day by prioritizing your health and well-being. Think of a few things you enjoy that also have enormous benefits for your mental and physical health: exercising, spending time with friends and family or painting.
Support loved ones
World Mental Health Day also serves as a reminder to check on our friends and family. You can start with a simple, “How are you doing?” or “How are you feeling today?” Also let them know that you are there to support them and help them find the right help.
Talk to a therapist
Consider talking to a therapist yourself. There’s a misconception that only those who are suffering from serious mental health issues need or should talk to a therapist. But the truth is that therapists are there to help, guide and support us all, whether we’re experiencing symptoms of mental illness or feeling stressed out from work.
Whatever you do, remember that World Mental Health Day is all about understanding the importance of mental health and raising mental health awareness.