Mental Health Awareness Week 2017
Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week and at WCHP we were looking at the 5 Ways of Wellbeing. These are: connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give! These 5 ‘ways’ were developed by the New Economics Foundation from evidence gathered in the UK government’s Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing.
We felt that on Mental Health Awareness week we didn’t just want to be thinking about those with diagnosed mental health issues, but to also recognise that we all have mental health, the same as we all have a level of physical health. Maintaining good mental health is essential for all of us and we are all able to learn from the 5 ways of wellbeing.
The theme this year for Mental Health Awareness Week was ‘Thriving or Surviving?’, looking at why so few of us are thriving, instead we are surviving on a day by day basis. Today’s world is fast paced and can be a little intimidating, we get work emails on our phones at all hours of the day, instant messages that we feel we must reply to straight away, we have jobs to go to, friends to see and things to do! Sometimes we need a little reminder to take a step back and do the things that make us feel good! It doesn’t matter if you are a resident at one of our projects, a member of staff or a supporter of the charity, we can all do little things each day to maintain good mental health.
So, if you haven’t already check out all our bits and bobs of social media to see our tips and tricks for maintaining good mental health!
If you are struggling with your mental health, however big or small the problem is, it’s important to ask for help, from a friends, a relative, or a professional. We have provided a brief list of services locally.