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Keep mental health in the open

It’s less well known that October 10th is World Mental Health Day. During the pandemic, millions in the UK experienced a mental health problem, or have seen a loved one struggle. Often the medical support is tough to find. Start with self-help and speak out by talking about your mental health with family and friends. Do you know someone facing mental health issues?

Mental Heath

You are not alone

Lots of measures point to 1:4 of the adult population will experience metal health issues in their lifetime. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental disorders. As a rule, the poor and disadvantaged are disproportionately affected by mental health problems.

What can you do?

There is no magic bullet, however the following can help many people:

  1. Get enough sleep, as too little sleep can affect moods and emotions, leading to feeling depressed or anxious.
  2. Eat a balanced diet, to receive the correct minerals such as iron and B12; low levels can lead to a low mood. Food with colour is best (fruit & vegetables).
  3. Manage stress by tackling the problem, by listing the worries, then face each issue.
  4. Exercise is essential in maintaining good mental health. Not only does it give a sense of achievement, but it also boosts the mood chemicals.
  5. Make me-time for things that you enjoy. It may be binging on a TV box series or reading a book.
  6. Don’t be hard on yourself as it can change your whole mindset.

If none of the above is making a difference, then do not suffer in silence. Talk to your friends and family, to ensure your mental health is in the open; share as much as you feel comfortable with. If you think your mental health is getting on top of you, then speak to your GP. There is no shame in talking mental health issues with the medical profession. They will consider it as an illness like any other. Good luck.

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Important: If you are feeling your mental health is suffering, then seek help from medical expert or speak to your GP.



Date: 11 October 2021 by max robinson