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World Mental Health Day

Oct 07, 2013

World Mental Health Day was created by the World Health Organization to promote awareness and understanding about mental health issues. World Mental Health day is on October 10th, and the theme this year is Mental Health and Older Adults.

Mental Health Day History

World Mental Health Day is always celebrated on October 10th, it was first created in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health and this year is the day's 21st anniversary! The idea behind the day is to inform and raise awareness about different mental conditions and sicknesses and to help people find support and understand more about mental health. In some countries it is part of a Mental Health Week. The day often has different societies and communities offering services, letting people know about treatment and support. The World Health Organization picks a mental health issue to focus on every year, in 2012 it was Depressionthis year it's "Older Adults".

What is Mental Health

The WHO defines "mental health" as "state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community," so if someone has a mental health issue preventing them from this, they need to seek help and possibly treatment.

Did You Know...

  • Mental illness affects people of all ages, communities, races and religions
  • Depression affects 350 million people worldwide
  • Only 10% of people with depression seek out help
  • 1 in 4 people will be affected by a mental health or neurological (brain) issue in their lives
  • About half of mental disorders begin before people reach age 14
  • War and major disasters increase the rate of depression in a country
  • Schizophrenia often strikes people when they are between the ages of 16 and 30.

If you want to get involved with learning more about mental health, approach your teacher or school and see if you can learn more in your classroom. If you feel that you or someone you know may be suffering from depression or another form of mental illness, make sure you reach out to your parents and teachers for help.

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Will you be observing World Mental Health Day. Let us know in the comments section below.

 

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Jelly3

Jelly3 wrote:

Informative article. I like it. :)
commented: Fri Oct 11, 2013

InnerInspiration
Great article.
commented: Fri Oct 11, 2013

kendaall;

kendaall; wrote:

i'm not mental u terd cx
commented: Thu Oct 10, 2013

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InternetOwl
What part of it are you scared of? Is it eating in public and around other people, or just eating in general?  What it might be, if it's eating in public you don't like, is social anxiety, or social phobia. You should ask your doctor to check, because if it is, they can offer you ways to help. For instance, they might recommend therapists or group sessions to help ease your fear.  Even if it's just a phobia or, in unlikelier circumstances, an eating disorder, you should still go to your doctor or a therapist so you can try to overcome it. Try doing things that calm you down before these situations as well, like exercise, reading or listening to music (I'm not sure what relaxes you but sometimes these help). Also, you should try to slowly get used to the situations. So don't force yourself to eat straight away when you're out, but slowly start doing so whenever your comfortable with doing so. Unlike your mum wants, you can't just "stop" being scared because that's not how it works.  But right now, please don't force yourself into any of these situations. It's not good for your mental health to be forced to face a phobia of yours often. 
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Dear Dish-It, Within the last few years I have felt a bit sick and shaky when we go out to eat. It's not so bad when it's a carvery lunch or something at a pub, but settling down for a chocolate brownie and a milkshake shakes me up. Don't get me wrong, I love going out with Mum, but it's just sitting down and taking a bite. I want to chuck it in the bin. I love eating brownies and stuff at home and I'm pretty healthy. But I refuse to go to the town before lunch in fear. Mum told me I got to stop this or I'm going to develop a terrible phobia.  Please help! ElfyKathy, worried
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It may be hard but break it down to them we aren't friends but we can be associates. It may leave them a bit dissappointed but tell them we aren't in the same category to be as close as friends. 
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