World Mental Health Day

Our mental health is just like our physical health; everybody has it and we need to take care of it. Mental health problems affect around one in four people. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Mental health problems can affect anyone. Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed. Most of the time those feelings pass but sometimes they develop in to a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us. Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time. Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change.

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There’s a stigma attached to mental health problems. This means that people feel uncomfortable about them and don’t talk about them. Many people don’t even feel comfortable talking about their feelings but it’s healthy to know and say how you’re feeling.

Check out this link (https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/world-mental-health-day/#) to watch a short animation which explains what mental health problems are and how they can affect us. Also check out this link( https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health/about-mental-health/what-good-mental-health) to learn more about mental health and also the tips for looking after your mental health.

10 thoughts on “World Mental Health Day

  1. once you start feeling down over a particular issue or situation or attachment of a problem over a long period of time ( four weeks or months), then please go fora mental health counseling. some of the crazy persons we see around could had been saved if they had consulted with a mental health professional earlier

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  2. Alot of these mental issues linger mostly because many people feel uncomfortable spilling their so-called *shame * to complete strangers (mental health specialist) . We Nigerians are very guilty of this …. our egos come into play and such an action is unheard of …. unknown to us that simple act of sharing ones inner despair and troubled thoughts could save us a hell-of-alot of problems, injuries, broken homes and loss of life & property. If one starts small by talking to someone close and in confidence…it helps. Never underestimate the power of sharing. A problem shared… is half solved! A word is enough for the wise!
    Godfarda

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  3. News > World
    Study: Climate Change Linked to Increased Mental Illness Threat
    Published 10 October 2018

    Rising temperatures may instigate a global mental health crisis as studies show hotter weather results in more fighting.

    Research from MIT released in August cross-examined meteorological data with mental health reports from nearly 2 million randomly sampled U.S. residents from 2002 to 2012. Those health reports came from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

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    This aligns with previous research that has investigated the correlation between mental health and weather patterns.

    The study, conducted by Nick Obradovich and others, outlines that psychological well-being is determined by social, economic and environmental factors. “By disrupting these systems, climate change is likely to exacerbate known risk factors for mental disorders”

    “Those with pre-existing mental health conditions and lower socioeconomic status are among the most vulnerable,” according to the research.

    “Higher temperatures and higher precipitation rates coincide with periods of poorer mental health,” Obradovich says. “We do not know exactly why high temperatures cause mental health problems, but what is clear is that it is a problem that will affect more and more people in the future.”

    Solomon Hsiang is a co-author on another study linking higher temperatures with increased suicide rates in the U.S. and Mexico.

    “We’ve been studying the effects of warming on conflict and violence for years, finding that people fight more when it’s hot. Now we see that in addition to hurting others, some individuals hurt themselves,” Hsiang says.

    Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages fifteen to twenty-nine worldwide. Around 800,000 people die from suicide a year, according to data from the World Health Organization

    The UN Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that urgent and dramatic action is needed before 2030 to sway catastrophic impacts from rising global temperatures.

    “It’s a line in the sand and what it says to our species is that this is the moment and we must act now,” said Debra Roberts, co-chair of the IPCC working group on impacts.

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