Tag: <span>Mental Health</span>

World Mental Health Day 2019

World Mental Health Day 2019

October 10th 2019 is World Mental Health Day. This year, World Mental Health Day focuses on suicide prevention and raising awareness of suicide around the world.

“Close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year. Furthermore, for each suicide, there are more than 20 suicide attempts. Suicides and suicide attempts have a ripple effect that impacts on families, friends, colleagues, communities and societies. Suicides are preventable. Much can be done to prevent suicide at individual, community and national levels.” – World Health Organisation

If you feel like you are struggling a Mental Health issue, please reach out and ask for help. If you would like to arrange an appointment to talk, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Mental Health Awareness Week Body Image

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place between 13th-19th May 2019 and the theme focused on this year is body image. It has been running since 2001 to raise awareness of mental health problems such as stress, relationships, loneliness, sleep, alcohol and friendship.

The Mental Health Foundation offer a lot of resources and information about how you can raise awareness and run your own events. Their supporters pack can be downloaded here.

To follow updates on stories and events, follow the hastags #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and #BeBodyKind on Twitter.

Some statistics from the Mental Health Foundation on why recognising mental health problems are so important :-

  • 68% of women and 57% of men with mental health problems are parents
  • Working people with mental health problems contribute £226m a year to the UK economy – that’s 12.1% of GDP
  • In 2017/8 mental health problems accounted for 15.4 million sick leave days in the UK

If you are think you suffer from or are struggling with a Mental Health problem, don’t be afraid to talk about it or ask for help. This is the first step to help in understanding it and helping you deal with the effects. If you would like to book a counselling appointment, please fill out this form or contact me here.

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Stress Awareness Month 2019

April is stress awareness month and it has been held every year since 1992. Increasing awareness of stress is really important as it affects millions of people in the UK and can have a profound impact on both our physical health and mental health.

Stress is ours bodies response to an event or situation that we may deal with and these events vary for everyone. Stress might be experienced by someone working hard towards a tight deadline at work and somebody completely different may experience stress from just experiencing something new. Everyone deals with stress differently and the effects can range vastly between us.

Some symptoms of stress include :

  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Sadness
  • Self doubt
  • Headaches
  • Indigestion
  • Rise in blood pressure
  • Isolating yourself
  • Increase intake of alcohol
  • Sleeping to little

Some things that can help you to deal with stress :

  • Talk about why your are feeling stressed
  • Build supportive relationships
  • Change your lifestyle
  • Exercise
  • Limit smoking and drinking alcohol
  • Learn to say no
  • Eat healthily

Counselling can help you deal with stress, giving you an outlet to discuss any problems or issues you are facing in your life. If you would like to arrange a counselling appointment, please contact me here.

Children's mental health

Children’s Mental Health Week

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week. You can follow the hashtag #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek on Twitter for useful links and information about this important topic.

Some of the statistics on children’s mental health are quite staggering, where on average, children and young people with mental health difficulties go ten years between first becoming unwell and getting any help. More information on this can been gathered from the centre for mental health’s website.

The Mental Health Foundation also have an interesting article on children’s mental health here, where an estimated 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24. This is a scary statistic and shows the need that more help is needed for children and younger people in regards to their mental health.

As a society, we need to target the stigma that surrounds mental health early on throughout education and make young people aware that it is important to talk about these issues and seek help at an early age.

Young Minds is another great resource for young people and parents to find out more information about mental help, the different types of mental health conditions and the help that is available.

If you are a parent or young person and would like to discuss counselling with Morgan Walker Counselling, please contact me here.

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