World Mental Health Day is observed annually on October 10th to raise awareness of mental health issues and to mobilize efforts to support mental health worldwide. This year’s theme is “mental health is a universal human right.”
Mental health is just as important as physical health, but it is often overlooked or stigmatized. Mental health problems can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender, or socioeconomic status. They can also have a significant impact on a person’s life, relationships, and work.
In light of World Mental Health week, here are resources for those who may be struggling with their mental health.
-Mental health professionals: Therapists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals can provide treatment and support for people with mental health problems. Check your current medical plan and/or EAP for coverage.
–Support groups: Support groups can provide a safe and supportive space for people to connect with others who are experiencing similar challenges.
-Online resources: There are many online resources available to provide information and support on mental health issues. Some examples include the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website and the MentalHealth.gov website. Here is a list:
- Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Call or Text 988 or chat at www.988lifeline.org
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
- Mental Health America’s Mental Health Screening Tools: https://mhanational.org/self-help-tools
- World Mental Health Day website: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): https://www.nami.org
- MentalHealth.gov: https://www.mentalhealth.gov
- LGBTQ+ – The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE
Here are some additional ways you can spend your time on World Mental Health Day and help break the stigma:
-Learn more about mental health: Take some time to learn more about mental health issues and how they impact people’s lives. You can read articles, watch videos, or talk to someone who has experienced a mental health problem.
-Talk about mental health: Talk to your friends, family, and colleagues about mental health. Help to break down the stigma associated with mental health problems.
-Support mental health organizations: Donate to or volunteer for a mental health organization. This is a great way to show your support for people with mental health struggles and their families.
Please remember that you are not alone. There are many people who care about you and want to help. If you are struggling with your mental health, please reach out for support.