Tomorrow (Saturday 10th October) is World Mental Health Day, a day when we highlight mental health education and awareness, as well as advocacy against social stigma.
The day will see organisations around the world call for greater investment in mental health supports from governments, workplaces and individuals.
Mental health relates to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
Research shows that one in four of us will experience mental health difficulties in our lives. And, of course, many people are feeling increased anxiety and stress as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
At the same time as demand for services is rising because of Covid, mental health support organisations have seen a huge drop in donations following the cancellation of fundraising events and initiatives.
So, investment in mental health support is needed now more than ever.
The impact of Covid-19 on our mental wellbeing has been extensive. But, while we're reminded daily of the need to wash our hands, we don't always get the same nudge to manage our stress.
So it's important to know that help is at hand. Mental health organisations across the country have teams providing ongoing support, and are hosting virtual events to get people talking about mental health.
For instance, Aware provides support in a range of ways including through its support line, support mail, self care groups, and positive mental health programmes designed to equip people with the tools to look after their mental health.
In the run up to World Mental Health Day Aware is hosting some free webinars from future of work experts and clinical psychologists. See more on that HERE.
Similarly the HSE have recently launched a text-based mental health service. Operating 24/7, it provides everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through mental health or emotional crisis. Just text 50808.
Remember, help is available.