Show Your Support on World Mental Health Day 2019Reading Time: 3 minutes
Mental health matters. It’s just as important as your physical health. Unfortunately, many people don’t meet with a therapist because of the stigma associated with it. World Mental Health Day is trying to get rid of that stigma. On October 10th, we raise awareness about the importance of mental well-being. Join us in encouraging conversations with others about how they’re feeling and about seeking professional help!
This Year’s Focus on World Mental Health Day 2019
Every forty seconds, someone dies by suicide. This is a men’s and women’s health problem and can happen anywhere in the world.
There are many reasons why suicide is so prevalent. Stress and societal pressures make it hard for adults to open up about what they’re feeling. Not enough vacation time and workplace stress are serious problems, too.
Because of all that, the World Health Organization (WHO) is dedicating this year’s World Mental Health Day to the topic of suicide. By raising awareness about this problem, we can beat it.
Highlights of Mental Health Day 2018
Last year, the WHO’s mission was to draw attention to children’s mental health problems. Anxiety and depression are the most common disorders among young people. Yet, many people don’t know how to care for a child with a mental health issue.
Thankfully, Mental Health Day 2018 was a success. Doctors and healthcare providers learned more about treatment options for children and teens. Politicians and celebrities helped spread the message that it’s okay to seek help. And overall, we all learned about how young people deal with mental health issues.
The Mental Health Symbol: A Green Ribbon
You can show your compassion for those with mental health disorders by wearing a green ribbon. These fabric symbols are a great way of uniting people who want to break down the stigma associated with these disorders. Think of it as a small mental health awareness accessory!
National Mental Health Month: 4 Ways to Support the Cause
There’s plenty you can do to support the National Mental Health Month in October. Get creative and come out of your comfort zone a tiny bit! We’re sure you’ll find a way to support the cause and learn at the same time.
Wear Green on Mental Health Awareness Day, October 10th
Wearing green on Mental Health Day shows solidarity to anyone living with a mental health condition. Everything counts: from wearing an all-green outfit to adding a green silk scarf to your look of the day. Try it and keep your eyes peeled for other people doing the same!
Wear a Green Ribbon for the Entire Mental Health Week
If you want to raise awareness for a whole week, you should, too! Wearing a green ribbon is a great way of supporting the cause. If someone asks you why you’re wearing a ribbon, you can tell them everything about Mental Health Week. By explaining that mental health problems are common in our society (and that we shouldn’t be ashamed of them) you’ll become a helpful ally to the cause.
Talk to Someone About Their Feelings
It can be easy to miss that someone you know and love is going through a hard time. Reaching out and opening up isn’t easy, either. But we should always carve some time out of our day to check in with our loved ones. Be a good listener, a proactive companion, and a friendly shoulder to cry on.
Support Mental Health Sick Days
Some countries and companies give employees a mental health break if they need it. That means their employees can rest if they’re in a bad place mentally, instead of powering through and potentially harming themselves.
Many organizations around the world fight to make this a common practice. In the UK, Mental Health First Aid has this as its mission. Calling your representatives or talking to your employer about this issue could help thousands with their mental well-being. After all, workplace stress and anxiety are the leading causes of mental breakdowns nowadays.
ESAs Play an Integral Part in Treating Mental Illness
Many therapists recommend that people with a mental health illness get an animal companion. This is known as animal-assisted therapy and is highly successful. Who wouldn’t want a loyal, furry friend by their side—as well as a reason to get out of bed and do some exercise?
Animals who offer comfort to these people are known as emotional support animals. They do exactly what their name says: give emotional support to someone in need. Quickly, they become lovingly attached to their owner.
How CertaPet Helps People Get Their ESA Letter
CertaPet’s mission is making animal-assisted therapy more accessible. That’s why we connect those with mental health disorders with a licensed mental health professional (LMHP). Let’s beat the stigma!
After their consultation, if they qualify for an ESA, our therapists write them an emotional support animal letter. It’s this piece of paper that gives them to right to travel and live with their ESA—free of charge.
If you’re dealing with depression, stress, or an anxiety disorder, don’t hesitate to reach out. Take our quick but thorough 5-minute pre-screening test for free now. From your answers, we can see if you’d benefit from animal-assisted therapy. If you do, we’ll refer you to a therapist and from there it’s smooth sailing.
Help End the Stigma: Become an Advocate for Mental Health!
Mental illness is more commonplace than you may think. Increased stress, poor work-life balance, and the high cost of modern life are enough to trigger depression and anxiety. But this doesn’t have to be your story. Getting help is a noble thing—one you need courage and bravery to do. There’s no shame in admitting you’re not well.
We’ve lost far too many people to the stigma already. Now, it’s time to fight back and help others get better soon. Get involved in local Mental Health Day campaigns and make a difference.
Common Questions on Mental Health Day
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