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.
- 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.
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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