World Mental Health Day
𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗠𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗗𝗮𝘆 is celebrated on 10 October yearly.
The global pandemic has had a major impact on mental health worldwide. Collectively, we are suffering from loneliness and isolation, anxiety and separation, and fear and uncertainty. While everyone is impacted, we are all going through it under different circumstances, and with very different headspaces. Hence this year’s theme “Mental Health In An Unequal World”
During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments from around the world recognized the need to scale up quality mental health services at all levels. And some countries have found new ways of providing mental health care to their populations.
We can make a difference, just by the words we speak. Here are some tips on Helpful vs UNhelpful things to say to someone.
✅ Let’s breathe together
❌ What’s wrong/what can I do?!
✅ When you’re ready to talk, I’m here
❌ I can’t help you if you don’t tell me what’s wrong!
✅ Let’s take this one step at a time, we’ll get through it together
❌ What are you even worried about? just push through!
✅ I’m right here, we can just sit together if you’d like
❌ When this happened to me/someone I know this is what we/he/she did…
✅ When you’re ready, I’m here to listen and help in whatever way feel comfortable for you
❌ I know EXACTLY what you should do!