Mental Health Care for All: Let's Make it our Reality
BY DRAKE WORKWIE
The last 18 months have caused major disruption and turmoil to the mental health and wellbeing of humanity. There have been few communities untouched by this pandemic. In some countries, life is returning to a semblance of normality though in other countries, rates of transmission and hospital admissions remain high, disrupting the lives of families and communities. In Australia, many states continue to live with restrictions and we all live with fear and uncertainty of what is yet to come. Unfortunately particular demographics have been most affected; healthcare and frontline workers, students, people living alone and those with pre-existing health conditions, to name a few. Those most vulnerable need more than just access to mental health services, but rely greatly on the care and support of those around them in their community.
This weekend, we commemorate Mental Health Day for 2021. The theme for this year is mental health care for all - let's make it a reality. Together, we can make a difference for people all over the world by raising awareness on the importance of mental health services and support, and ensuring everyone has equal access to the right tools and support channels that they need to get through life's challenges.
This year's campaign not only focuses on the importance of preventative healthcare services and accessibility, but the need to support those around us and be an active member of the community. The campaign will encourage people to “Look up, look out, and look forward!”. We are reminded to notice our surroundings, take care of others, and plan for the future with enthusiasm. Despite world mental health day falling on Sunday the 10th this year, October is Mental Health Month, so the theme will continue through the month and provide ample opportunity for us to instill positive change in our lives and contribute to the greater good of humanity.
Mental Health Australia have defined five simple strategies for you to adopt to better manage your mental health and wellbeing:
- Stay active - exercise is a great way to improve your health and wellbeing. It can also be used to help reduce symptoms of common mental health concerns.
- Eat well - consuming a nutritious and balanced diet is another key way to maintain both your physical and mental health. Eating well enables you to maintain a healthy weight and consume your daily required vitamins and nutrients which is fundamental to sustaining your health and wellbeing long-term.
- Connect with others - living in lockdown has changed social dynamics but now more than ever is a time to maintain connection with others. Our social wellbeing has a great influence on our lives, so remember to stay in touch with your loved ones, ask them how they’re feeling and share your feelings too.
- Limit media consumption - manage your consumption of news and news sources. It is important to select news sources that you know and trust, and be sure to limit consumption to what you deem necessary.
- Keep a routine - if there is one thing that COVID has drastically changed, it is our routine. Try to find a new balance to your routine including exercise, sleep, daily chores, work, recreational activities and connecting with others. A key strategy to fast adopting a new routine is to make it fun!
There is no better time to raise awareness on mental health, improve accessibility of mental health services, and step up and be a team player within your local community. Times are tough and remember that whatever you’re going through, you are not alone.
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