October 10th is World Mental Health Day. A day dedicated to mental health awareness, education and advocacy against social stigma.
3 out of 4 people with mental illness report they have felt stigmatized by their illness. The person who feels social stigma may feel
- reluctant to seek help
I spoke about feeling stigmatized in a recent post about autism titled, “Autism is NOT a Fad” found here.
I focus on my health and my running in this blog, and speak of its benefits on my health, my body and my mind in many posts.
I have my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and have spent many years working in the field of Mental Health. When counseling others, I encouraged them to focus on their physical well-being to benefit their mental health.
How Can I Help Someone Else?
To help decrease the stigma of Mental Illness and to increase Mental Health Awareness here are some ideas on how you can help others:
- Ask the hard question: “How are you feeling?” and be prepared to listen. That’s all, just listen
- Accept that everyone experiences tough times. Stress can be a part of daily life. People can feel anxious or sad. When those feelings don’t go away and affect daily life, it may be time to get help. HELP IS OKAY.
- Provide mental health self-screening information, like that found here.
- Does someone you know need help? Are they feeling suicidal? Are you not sure what to do? Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
How Can I Help Myself?
Here are 10 tips from the Mental Health Foundation on how to look after your mental health:
- Talk about your feelings
2. Exercise – Running for me!
3. Eat Well
4. Drink Responsibly
5. Don’t Isolate yourself – keep in contact with others. Give them a call, send a text or email – REACH O UT!
6. Ask for HELP
7. Take a Break
8. Do something you are good at
9. Accept yourself for who you are
10. Help others
How else do you help yourself or someone else? Let me know!