October 10 is World Mental Health Day, a day which aims to raise awareness around mental health and wellbeing. This year's theme is 'Share the Journey' encouraging individuals and communities to connect and enjoy the many benefits of social interaction. Good social connections are important for our health and survival – they help us with our journey to better mental health and our ability to cope with life’s struggles. They not only improve our overall wellbeing, they also build our resilience.
'Share the Journey' can mean –
- telling your friends and family when things are a bit tough
- finding others who have been through something similar
- connecting with your community
- finding a health professional you trust
- connecting on social media
- giving your pet a cuddle
- organisations working together for the best possible wellbeing of everyone
- sharing your stories with others
- creating a sense of security within families and communities
- reaching out to someone who might need your help
- decreasing the isolation people feel when things aren’t great.
The theme also encourages everyone to learn new and exciting things, as the very act of learning can have many positive outcomes on our mental health and wellbeing – no matter what you choose to learn about.
So Share the Journey: share a cuppa, share a stroll, share a hug, share a task, share a tune, share a meal, share a yarn or share a memory with those around you this October. For more information go to the WayAhead website.