WORLD MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY
Posted by Kat Heath on 10 Oct 2020
This year has been particularly difficult for many in regards to their mental health. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected many people’s mental wellness.
According to statistics released by www.mind.org.uk. 60% of adults and 68% of young people said their mental health had deteriorated since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
With statistics like this emerging more frequently it is evident that we all need to be aware of how our friends, families and the community around us maybe suffering mentally and emotionally.
HOW CAN YOU HELP OTHERS?
Below are some small gestures that could potentially have a positive impact on someone’s day who maybe struggling:
- Bake some treats and drop them to your neighbours.
- Drop a note to a member of your family or a friend who may need support.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Buy a coffee for someone.
- Leave an “I love you” note for your partner to find (perhaps his packed lunch or his/her work trousers pocket).
- Help a struggling elderly person or a mum with their hands full take their shopping to their car.
- Say “hello” and smile to a stranger.
- Let someone go in front of you in traffic.
- Send an old friend a text asking how things are going for them.
- Talk to a stranger in the supermarket or bus queue.
- Compliment someone.
- Leave an anonymous note on a public bathroom mirror saying “You’re beautiful.’
- Call up a relative or friend just to ask how they are.
- Offer your seat to someone standing on the train or bus.
- Cook “too much” of those special cupcakes or whatever your specialty is, and give the extras to a neighbour, relative or friend
- Help a leaflet distributor in the streets out and take a leaflet off them.
- Give someone a generous tip.
- Do a zoom call with a potentially lonely relative or friend.
- Is the person at the till in front of you short of change? Pay the difference to help them out.
- Hold the elevator for someone.
- Send someone who has been struggling a gift, this could be flowers or a box of treats.
- Let your partner or children choose what TV show to watch.
- Run an errand for a neighbour.
- Stop and listen to someone else’s problems/worries.
- Donate to charity—whether it be household items you don’t need.
- Tell a friend a joke or a funny story.
- Have a friendly chat with the person serving you at the store or cafe.
- Treat a friend or relative to lunch or tea and cake.
- Compliment peoples businesses or services on social media.
- Write down a positive affirmation and place it in a library book.
- Give an unwanted but stunning piece of clothing to a relative or friend.
These are just a few things that could spark joy in someone who needs it.
THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR:
One in four people experience poor mental health at some point in their lives. This statistic is predicted to be higher since the pandemic.
SIGNS OF POOR MENTAL HEALTH CAN BE:
Long lasting sadness and or irritability.
Excessive fear, anxiety or worry.
Dramatic change in eating or sleeping habits.
Experience of excessively high or low mood changes.
If you are concerned about your mental health and are experiencing any of the above, visit your GP or healthcare professional as soon as possible.
Samaritans: 116 123
Mind: 0300 123 3393
SaneLine: 0300 304 7000
Calm: 0800 585858