World Mental Health Day 2019

World Mental Health Day 2019

Mental health is an area of healthcare in which we face some of the biggest challenges in modern society. It’s an area of wellbeing which, compared to physical health, has been neglected and grossly underfunded for decades.

This is why events such as World Mental Health Day 2019 are so important in raising awareness and highlighting the work that is, and still needs to be done in this area.

What is Mental Health?

Mental health includes our psychological and emotional wellbeing and there are a number of factors that can affect it. We might be genetically predisposed to suffer from certain mental health conditions. Our life experience, particularly a trauma in the past, can cause anxiety or depression. If we’re suffering from a physical illness, that can have a serious impact on our mental health too.

According to Mind:

  • 1 in 4 people are likely to suffer from a mental health problem of some sort.
  • 20 out of 100 people are likely to have suicidal thoughts.
  • Only 1 in 8 people with mental health issues are currently seeking treatment.

A mental health problem can range from the general worries we have about everyday life to more complex issues such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia which require ongoing care and management. Most of us have felt low or anxious at one time or another, it’s when these feelings become overpowering that help is generally needed.

What Do Mental Health Nurses Do?

Being a mental health nurse is a rewarding if very challenging career. These nurses are responsible for providing care and support for individuals who are struggling with their psychological wellbeing. This care is delivered either in a hospital setting or within the community.

The range of mental health conditions these nurses are likely to come across as a healthcare provider is broad and includes everything from anxiety and depression to PTSD, personality disorders and addiction. The work of the mental health nurse involves building strong relationships with individuals who have psychological hurdles to overcome, working with them to find solutions that enable them to live their lives to the full.

Put World Mental Health Day 2019 in Your Diary

Whereas physical illness tends to be easier to talk about, mental health is all too often considered a taboo subject that no one wants to discuss. We can have trouble understanding it’s nature, even if someone close to us is encountering problems and needs support.

The purpose of World Mental Health Day is to get people talking about issues and highlight the work that still needs to be done in this area. Funding for mental health services and treatments remains a huge problem in many parts of the world, even in Western countries like the UK. Physical health services tend to get bigger budget increases despite awareness that more money needs to be put into mental health.

World Mental Health Day takes place on 10th October each year and there are a number of ways you can get involved. The first is to check your local area to see if any events are running that you can get involved in. In the UK, there are tea and talk sessions being organised all over the country where individuals are able to meet up and discuss mental health issues and get support.

You can also take part online in social media with the hashtags #worldmentalhealthday or #wmhd. You can make a small donation to organisations such as The Mental Health Foundation.

Mental health is something that affects us all, so make a note of World Mental Health Day 2019 on 10th October and take some time to show your support.

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Carers Week 2019

Carers Week 2019

There is an army of carers in the UK, largely unsung heroes who give their time and energy to looking after the most vulnerable in society. While some are employed in healthcare or are nurses, many others provide unpaid care to partners, parents, children or friends.

In fact, it’s estimated that around 6.5 million of us in the UK are providing care in one form or another. That number is set to increase over the next decade or so as we face a growing, ageing population that requires individual, long-term support when it comes to personal and social care.

What is Carers Week?

Carers Week 2019 takes place between 10th and 16th June this year and is all about highlighting the great work that these individuals do. A carer is someone who delivers unpaid care for a loved one such as a partner or family member or even a friend.

Events are organised across the UK to celebrate Carers Week, generally with a set theme for the year. In 2018, that theme was the health and wellbeing of carers, something that is so often neglected.

While caring can be a rewarding experience, it can also have a huge impact on health and wellbeing. Carers work long hours, trying to juggle their own careers with looking after someone else, sometimes with very little support from the outside world. According to the Carers Week website, 61% of carers said they had suffered with their own health problems because of caring for someone.

Why Are Carers So Important?

A nurse or healthcare professional can deliver specific services for an individual, but it’s generally a band of carers that carry the full burden of looking after someone.

Providing full-time care can include not only practical and emotional support, it can involve administering medicines, looking after finances, providing personal care as well as giving physical help.

  • According to CarersUK, a further 6,000 people each day take on the role of a carer.
  • If you provide care for someone, you are able to access Carer’s Allowance which is currently £64.60 for a 35 hour week – that makes it the lowest benefit in existence in the UK.
  • Many carers try to juggle work and their caring responsibilities and some find it almost impossible. 1 in 5 will give up work to care for someone else.

While unpaid carers provide a valuable service, saving the economy around £60 billion a year, they are often isolated and receive little help from the outside world. The number of people actually providing care to loved ones is also increasing, mainly due to a growing and ageing population. Women are more likely to act as carers (59%) and it’s thought that, by 2037, nearly 9 million people will be acting as carers in some capacity.

Get Involved in Carers Week 2019

There are lots of different ways that you can get involved during this week and help support and highlight the work of carers in your local area. You can put up posters in your workplace, take part on social media using the hashtag #CarersWeek or get involved in events organised in the community.

Find out more about how you can get involved in carers week here.

 

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