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World Mental Health Day

October 7th 2020| Josh Cookson
October 7th 2020 |

World Mental Health Day 2021

What is Mental Health Day?

World Mental Health Day is observed every October 10th and is to raise awareness of mental health issues all around the world.

Mental Health is one of the single most neglected areas of public health. Close to 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder, and yet, very few people around the world have access to quality mental health services; in fact, more than 75% of people who have a mental, neurological and substance use disorder receive no treatment for their condition at all.” – World Health Organisation

Why is looking after our Mental Health important?

Looking after your Mental Health and Wellbeing is important because Mental Health plays a huge role in your life. Mental Health is about how you are feeling right now, but Mental Health changes, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. What is important is that we establish how we are feeling, and then establish the ways in which we can achieve positive mental wellbeing.

5 Steps to healthy Mental Wellbeing

Being able to take care of your mind as well as your body should be of upmost importance.

Connect With others

Reaching out to friends, family members and co-workers is one of the first steps in helping improve your mental health. Having those people who you feel close and connected to can help provide a sense of belonging, gives you the opportunity to share positive experiences and provides you with emotional support as well as allowing you to support others.

Stay physically active

Making sure that no matter the situation, you are staying physically active. This doesn’t necessarily mean spending hours in the gym but rather, find an activity you enjoy and make it a part of your life. It has been found that the chemical which releases during exercise can help with raising self esteem and helps to positively boost mood.

Staying mindful

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that is why it is called the present“. In todays world we find ourselves always looking to the next day and the next and the next. This constant feeling of always having to worry about tomorrow is something that plagues everyone.

Being mindful is simply the act of staying in the present, appreciating what today has given you-and how to make the most of it, being aware of your thoughts and feelings. This awareness allows you to enjoy life so much more and will ultimately help you better understand yourself.

A great exercise to help combat this is: when you notice your mind beginning to wander from the here and now, take a step back from your environment and begin to focus on your breathing. Count your breaths. Do this for a minute and you will find that you are more focused and calm.

Learn a new skill

Learning a new skill has also been found to be a great way to improve your mental health. :Maybe try to cook a new meal by following a YouTube tutorial, take on a new responsibility at your place of work, start a DIY project at home. If you have some free time maybe set yourself a new hobby such as writing a blog, taking part in a new sport or learning a musical instrument. Anything that you feel would help boost your self confidence and raise your self-esteem, it will all benefit your mental state.

Give to others

Acts of kindness have been found to improve your mental wellbeing through creating a positive feeling and a sense of reward, providing you with a sense of purpose as well as providing you with the opportunity to connect with other people. Any act, small or large, is going to go a long way in helping those around you. Simply saying “Thank You” to someone, spending time with your friends and family who might be needing some support, offering your time by truly listening to someone.

Any selfless act that you perform will ultimately begin to have a positive effect on your mental health.

For more on this topic please see the NHS as well as the Mind website

Teaching Mental Health in School

The mental health of children is a rising area of concern and is one which schools are actively trying to combat. Below is a range of examples of ways in which to effectively teach your class about mental health.

Here is a BBC article which demonstrates how a teacher from a school in south London is teaching her class about mental health through the use of a new scheme which involves teaching through fun games and workbooks.

Talking Mental Health is an animation designed to help begin conversations about mental health in the classroom and beyond and is a great way to start off this topic in the classroom.

Mental Health.org have a very extensive article about the best ways of how to create a classroom and school environment where children can thrive with good mental health– it can be found right here.

Bell Lane Primary School has an exhaustive page on their site all to do with how they apply best key practices with regards to both teaching as well as maintaining the mental health and wellbeing in their pupils and students.

Key Events

COUNTDOWN GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH 2030: DATA TO DRIVE ACTION AND ACCOUNTABILITY

United for Global Mental Health is dedicated to creating a world that enables good mental health for all. They focus on what will make the most difference to global mental health, and build whatever it takes to make that happen. They unite people, projects and organisations so that they can learn, collaborate and make greater progress together. They assemble initiatives that will make the most impact on global mental health and help them to grow independently.

World Federation for Mental Health: Education and Awareness raising

The WFMH President Dr Ingrid Daniels has announced the theme for World Mental Health Day 2021 which is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’. This theme was chosen by a global vote including WFMH members, stakeholders and supporters because the world is increasingly polarized, with the very wealthy becoming wealthier, and the number of people living in poverty still far too high. 2020 highlighted inequalities due to race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and the lack of respect for human rights in many countries, including for people living with mental health conditions. Such inequalities have an impact on people’s mental health.

Resources – Teacher’s Pet

At TPet, we believe that keeping your child healthy both physically as well as mentally is of the utmost importance. Below is a small selection of some of our mental health and wellbeing resources.

Our Wellbeing Wednesday project currently comprises of three amazing schemes, and is only going to grow in the coming years as new schemes are created. The schemes include our Wellbeing Birds (Autumn 2020 and 21), Monsters (Spring 2020) and our recent re-design of our Mental Health Heroes (Summer 2020 and 21). Each scheme contains differentiated resources from EYFS to Upper Key Stage 2, allowing you to focus purely on what your class needs.

The animations are a PERFECT hook in for your classroom. Each week, the animation teaches all about it’s own specific subject and then leads nicely into the digital flipbook and downloadable resources.

The flipbook is the PERFECT follow on from the wonderful animations. The flipbooks continue the story of the animation and pose new questions for your class to answer.

The differentiated resources are colourful, creative and engaging. Use these to help teach about positive mental health in a fun and intuitive new way.

These next two resources act as a very fun and engaging activity for the class to partake in, and are perfect to use alongside our other mental health resources.

Helpful Websites

If yourself or anyone that you know is suffering from Mental Health, then we urge you to seek help from a professional organisation as soon as possible. The NHS website has a wealth of resources and links to other professional organisations and charities within Mental Health.

The Mental Health Foundation has lots of information and support for anyone who is suffering Mental Health Problems.

Young Minds is a charity for children and adolescents that support their mental health by allowing an open forum to discuss their issues and realise that they are not alone and to empower others.

Mind is a charity that provides advice and support for people experiencing a mental health problem in England and Wales.

By the way, did you know that the Teacher’s Pet team are completing a 100 Mile Walk in support of Mind North Staffs? Why not donate by heading to our JustGiving page on https://www.justgiving.com/team/TPET-Wanderers – raising money for mental health a mile at a time!

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