Every year, World Mental Health Day is celebrated on October 10th. The day was created by the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992 as a way to spread awareness and education about mental health issues and to promote prevention, treatment, and support for mental health around the world. The goal of the day is to promote inclusivity and support for those who are living with mental illness.
Why Do We Celebrate World Mental Health Day?
Mental health is an important topic that often goes unspoken. World Mental Health Day is a way to bring awareness to the importance of mental health and to help break the stigma surrounding it. On this day, people around the world come together to celebrate mental health, raise funds for research and support services, support those affected by mental illness, and work together to promote good mental health for everyone.
How Should We Celebrate World Mental Health Day?
• Share your story: One of the most powerful things you can do is share your own experience with mental illness. This can help break down the stigma and misunderstanding that surrounds mental health.
• Educate yourself and others: Take some time to learn about mental health conditions, how they can impact someone’s life, and what we can do to support those who are affected. Then share what you’ve learned with others. Read articles, watch documentaries, or attend events.
• Reach out to someone you know: If you know someone who is struggling with their mental health, reach out to them and let them know that you are there for them. Sometimes just knowing that someone cares can make all the difference.
• Donate to a mental health charity: There are many organizations doing great work to support mental health. Consider donating your time or money to one of these organizations.
• Take care of yourself: Be sure to take care of your own mental health. This is especially important if you are supporting someone else who is struggling. Make sure to take time for yourself, do things that make you happy, and reach out for help if you need it.
The goal of the day is to promote inclusivity and support for those who are living with mental illness.
Mental Illness in Older Adults
Mental illness presents differently from person to person, however, there are some commonalities among older adults. Mental illness in older adults often goes undiagnosed and untreated because of the many myths and misconceptions that surround it. It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of mental illness in older adults so that we can provide them with the support they need.
Older adults may experience a decline in physical health, which can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. They may also be dealing with the loss of loved ones, retirement, or other major life changes. These stressors can trigger mental health problems or make existing ones worse.
Signs and symptoms of mental illness in older adults include:
• Withdrawing from friends and activities
• Changes in eating or sleeping habits
• Loss of interest in hobbies or activities
• Feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless
• Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
• Unexplained physical problems, such as headaches or stomachaches
• Excessive worry or paranoia
If you notice any of these signs or symptoms in yourself or someone you know, reach out for help. There are many resources available to support older adults living with mental illness, including Avanti Senior Living, which provides an unmatched level of care and wellness for seniors.
No matter how you choose to celebrate World Mental Health Day, remember that good mental health is essential for a happy, healthy life. Let’s work together to break the stigma and support each other on our journey to good mental health. Together we can make a difference!