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

  • blame
  • shame
  • hopelessness
  • distress
  • 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:

  1. 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!