Mental Health and Wellbeing4 Mar 2016
University Mental Health and Wellbeing day was in March and it is an annual event to promote the mental health of people in higher education. However it is an important subject all year round. Mental health is becoming a more and more prevalent issue in society. Not because it wasn’t there before but because it is becoming more socially acceptable to ask for help.
Mental health is still a taboo subject for some people. People don’t want to admit that they aren’t coping. Mental health issues can come in many forms, whether that is anxiety, depression or any others. Many things can affect your mental health – isolation, bullying, stress, and familial reasons, to name but a few_75232982_177556195 (1). In a survey of 3252 UK adults questioned between 3-8 December, the poll revealed that 29 per cent have been diagnosed with depression or anxiety.
Northern Ireland’s has a huge mental health problem.
- A total of 3,288 suicides were registered in Northern Ireland from the beginning of 1998 to the end of 2012. This is more than all the deaths attributed to the Troubles.
- Death by suicide in Northern Ireland has rose by 100% in the last 15 years.
- 1 in 3 young people have self-harmed by their 18th birthday.
- NHS figures show that there has been a 20% rise in the number of 10 to 19 year olds admitted to hospital because of self-harm injuries across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
People who self-harm often see it as a coping mechanism, express anxiety or depression, to stop feeling numb or dissociated, or to have a sense of being in control.
But just like physical health, there are ways of keeping on top of your mental wellbeing. Just like training your body, you can train your mind, and feel all the better for it.
- Talk about your feelings – Keeping your emotions locked down, especially negative ones can have a huge effect on your mental wellbeing. Whether it is a friend, a family member or a counsellor, just make sure you talk it out.
- Eat well – There are many links with eating well and good mental health.
- Keep in contact – Make sure you keep in contact with your friends in family. It is easy to feel alone, but with the internet and phones, you don’t have to be alone no matter where you are. Friends and family can help you sort out problems, go out and about with you, or just lend a friendly ear.
- Take a break – Doesn’t mean you have to take a KitKat! If you’re stressing about work or school, then just take a break. It’s been proven than small breaks from study and work can actually improve it. But even beyond that if you’re feeling snowed under by something or a situation – take a break from it and come at it when you’re rested from a new angle. It’ll do wonders.
- Keep active – When certain mental health issues hit, it is easy to become house bound. However keeping active releases chemicals in our brain that help to keep us happy!
- Ask for help – You are not alone. No one expects you to deal with everything on your own. There are services there for you to ask for help and to guide you in the right direction. If things are getting on top of you, just ask for help.
- Accept who you are – Now this may be easier said than done. No one is without their doubts or issues with themselves. But remember you are an individual with a huge set of special talents and attributes, and no one in the world is quite like you. Don’t judge yourself on others. You’re awesome just as yourself. Jumping
There are some useful tools keeping your mental wellbeing in tip top shape.
The Samaritans – This organisation have been there for people in need for many years. They are a fantastic group of people who will talk out your problems, or just listen to you. There to talk, 24/7 365 days a year.
PIPS – PIPS is a Support service for people in suicidal crisis and those impacted by suicide including specialised support for young people bereaved through suicide and care services to help people engage successfully with long-term mental health care.
Headspace App - Available for iOS and Android phones, this app works by telling you to ‘take ten’ where it walks you through meditating for 10 minutes a day for ten days. With a great, unpretentious walk through, helpful reminders, and a cute user face, this helps makes mindfulness cool.
Buddhify – A free app for any kind of phone. This app has sessions of stress relief and meditations for almost any situation.
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