World Mental Health Day
Saturday 10th October is World Mental Health Day and is perhaps the most important one yet. This year has been a tough one for us all. The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on our mental health.
According to research by Mind, with over 16,000 people, we know that more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown. Many have developed new mental health problems as a result of the pandemic and, for some of us, existing mental health problems have gotten worse.
Prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.
So this year, we want to bring everyone together to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October.
Making positive change can seem so hard, especially during uncertain times. And sometimes, it can be hard to know where to start. Whether you want to take the first steps towards getting some help or learn more about helping those around you, our information, support and our online community will get you started.
Do one thing today
Whether it’s going for a walk, learning a new skill or doing something creative, taking the first steps to getting support for yourself, or reaching out to someone else; take the opportunity to do one thing this World Mental Health Day.
To get you started and give you some ideas we asked some of #teamTHOMAS what they will be doing or what they currently do to support positive mental health and wellbeing.
Joshua – Recruitment Consultant, Blackwood
Don’t get bored, stay active and try not to get too caught up in the news – it’s important to know what’s going on but let yourself do what you enjoy too.
Olivia – Payroll Assistant, Cardiff
I run which really helps my mind. Started in January and helped me in lockdown massively. It helps me stay focussed and is the perfect way to de-stress. Not only am I physically fitter, whenever I run I feel like my mind is much stronger and focussed to deal with whatever life throws at me.
Gwen – Area Manager, South Wales
Mine is exercise, the difference I find in my mental wellbeing when I’m exercising frequently is substantial. I’m part of a netball team and I love gym classes. I’ve also recently got into CrossFit which I’m loving!
Zoe – Marketing Executive, Cardiff
I’ll be writing down 3 positive things from my day, with so much negative news in the media, make it a priority to focus on the good, positive things, no matter how small they were. It could be a colleague making you your favourite drink or catching up with a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while.
Josh – Senior Permanent Consultant, Cardiff
I live in the countryside so I love getting out in nature, whether is going for a walk, hiking mountains or cycling – anything that gets me moving in the fresh air does wonders.
Whatever one thing you do, remember mental health is just as important as your physical health. Share what you’re doing with us on our social media channels @thomasrecruitment
For information and support visit: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/