Each year, October 10th is World Mental Health Day – a day for mental health awareness, education, and advocacy.
In England, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health issue each year.¹ Worldwide, it is estimated that 1 in 4 people will be affected by a mental health condition at some point in their lifetime.² So whether or not you personally have had dealings with anxiety, depression, or another mental health concern, it’s quite likely that someone you know is dealing with something of the sort right now.
I’ve touched upon my own experience with anxiety in the past, but I also know so many other people whose lives have been impacted by mental health problems. As such, I believe wholeheartedly in raising awareness about these common health concerns, as well as in helping to destigmatize mental illness.
Inspired by World Mental Health Day, this week I’ll be posting an assortment of mental health related tips and resources – as well as a well-being challenge or two – that I hope you’ll find useful.
Until next time, thank you for joining me on this journey!
¹ “Mental health facts and statistics.” Mind, https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/statistics-and-facts-about-mental-health/how-common-are-mental-health-problems/. Accessed 3 October 2018.
² “Mental disorders affect one in four people.” World Health Organization, http://www.who.int/whr/2001/media_centre/press_release/en/. Accessed 3 October 2018.