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Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

This week is mental health awareness week, and this year’s campaign focuses on why too few of us are thriving with good mental health, rather than questioning why so many of us have mental health illnesses.

The increase in mental health illnesses

In a report conducted by the Mental Health Foundation, it was found that only 13% of people are living with a high level of good mental health. This is a disturbingly low statistic that leaves 4 in 10 people with depression and over a quarter of people who have experienced a panic attack.

General Election 2017

Theresa May’s manifesto states she is bringing in a new bill, reviewing policy and attempting to unclog the mental health waiting lists. Mind, a mental health charity, shows the policies for each of the different parties: https://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/our-policy-work/our-work-in-parliament/2015-election-what-we-achieved/manifesto-and-issues/mental-health-in-the-manifestos/

What can I do to maintain good mental health?

  • Regular exercise – studies show that talking a walk in the park or woods reduce stress levels and increase your health, happiness, and connection to nature.
  • Keep a journal – write down things that make you happy, or set goals for yourself. This will help to clarify your thoughts and feelings.
  • Practice yoga – those who practice yoga see an increase in their self-esteem and confidence.
  • Do one thing you love each day – taking time for yourself can help reduce stress levels, giving you time to focus on your hobbies rather than your worries.
  • Talk about your feelings – support is available all around you, whether it be from your friends, family or work colleagues.

Information sources:
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/surviving-or-thriving-state-uks-mental-health
Nature is good for your mental health: http://www.bbc.co.uk/earth/story/20160420-how-nature-is-good-for-our-health-and-happiness
Health benefits of journaling: https://psychcentral.com/lib/the-health-benefits-of-journaling/
Yoga is good for your mental health: http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/5-ways-yoga-is-good-for-your-mental-health



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