According to the World Health Organization, “The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raiseawareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.” The theme for World Mental Health Day 2023 is Mental health is a universal human right; The core of this theme is to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, class, or background has access to high- quality mental health care and support.
Mental health refers to the emotional, psychological, and social well-being of a person. Our mental health determines how we think, feel, and act; how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices are all functions of our mental health. It affects all life stages from toddlers to adults. Poor mental health can lead to depression, suicide, addictions, loss of sleep, appetite changes and loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities.
Today is an opportunity for everyone to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. Don’t wait until it gets overwhelming and severe. This is also a clarion call to stop the discrimination against persons with mental health challenges. Help them get medical attention or any other care necessary to alleviate this condition. Indulge in self-care to help manage stress, lower risk
of illness and increase energy.
Here are a few tips to self-care:
Regular exercise - 30 minutes of walking
every day could boost your mood and
improve your health. Start small and
improve on it.
Healthy eating - A balanced diet and plenty
of water can improve your energy and focus
throughout the day.
Prioritize sleep – Make sure to get enough
Explore wellness programs - meditation,
breathing exercises, journaling, and any
other healthy activity will boost your
Prioritize your goals – Learn to say “NO”
without feeling guilty if you cannot take on
more tasks or responsibilities.
Practice gratitude, mindfulness, and
Keep your connections - stay in touch with
your friends or family members who can
provide emotional support and practical
Here are some tips from the Government of
Canada on how to promote mental health for
Take opportunities to learn when possible.
Participate in a company mentor
Register for professional development
workshops or courses supported by
Have conflict and dispute resolution
practices in place.
Request a meeting with your supervisor
or human resources to solve growing
Use the counselling and support services
offered by your employer.
Balance work and personal life.
Learn about company policies that can help
fill childcare needs during school
use telecommuting options to work
from home if you need to care for aging
parents or sick children.
remain accountable for your work if
you cannot spend a full day in the
office by working mornings or evenings