History of the day
The 10th October each year marks World Mental Health Day, which has been observed since 1992. Each year, the day focusses on a particular issue surrounding mental health. In 2018, the theme for #worldmentalhealthday is Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. It is hoped that the theme focus will demonstrate the importance of addressing the prevention, early intervention and adjusting the information and services available to support the mental health of young people (CYP; defined as those between 15-24 years old).
Why focus on Young People and Mental Health?
Worldwide, between 10-20% of CYP experience mental health disorders. Of those 10-20% of children, more than half of the disorders start before the age of 14, and up to three quarters by the mid-twenties. Within the UK, current efforts to further support the mental health of CYP are being addressed within a national programme to transform existing mental health services (the Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme). Early intervention and prevention have also received an increased focus within the Green Paper for CYP mental health.
Resources to support your general wellbeing
A number of online resources are available to support your general wellbeing today, and beyond:
- Action for Happiness – Ten keys to happier living
- Charlie Waller Memorial Trust (resources)
- NHS Choices Moodzone – tips for coping with stress, anxiety or depression
- Mental Health First Aid (England) – toolkit to support young people’s wellbeing
- Mental Health Foundation –Your mental health and Looking after your mental health
- Mind – Tips for Everyday Living and Guide to Support and Services
- Reading well – List of books for promoting the benefits of reading for health and wellbeing (endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries in England)
- Rethink Mental Illness – Wellbeing and physical health
- Students against depression
- Student minds – Sources of support
- Time to Change – About mental health
What to do in a crisis
If you or someone that you know is experiencing a life-threatening medical or mental health emergency:
- Call 999 and ask for an ambulance (or ask someone else to call for you)
- Go to A & E (or ask someone else to take you)
Urgent care, but not life-threatening
- Call 111 (England)
- Book an emergency GP appointment
Use the ‘I need urgent help’ tool offered by Mind.
Blog post written by Dr Rachel Moss (Twitter: @DrRMoss), Research Associate on the PGR Wellbeing project at the University of Portsmouth (School of Education and Sociology).