Health is not merely the absence of disease, but a state of physical, mental and social well being. For many years this statement has been the main focus area for the World Health Organization when addressing issues of mental health. You might be wondering why I am babbling on with the WHO buuut….
For those of you you may not know, tomorrow the 10th of October is World Mental Health Day!!
Here at the clinic we have started our celebrations early this morning and will be ending off the festivities on Sunday the 11th of October with our World Mental Health Day Fun Run. I do hope all of you reading this will be able to join us on that day. After all I am not asking you to run away from mental health, I am merely asking you to run for it.
“Thousands of people with mental health conditions around the world are deprived of their human rights. They are not only discriminated against, stigmatised and marginalised but are also subject to emotional and physical abuse in both mental health facilities and the community. Poor quality care due to a lack of qualified health professionals and dilapidated facilities leads to further violations.
The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day, observed on 10 October, is “Dignity in mental health”. This year, WHO will be raising awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health conditions can continue to live with dignity, through human rights oriented policy and law, training of health professionals, respect for informed consent to treatment, inclusion in decision-making processes, and public information campaigns.”
To do your part for World Mental Health day this 10th of October try living out our 5 Happiness HELPS themes:
H – Helping others: By means of helping others we often see how much we can be thankful for and appreciate the real things in life, the things that really mater
E – Exercise: Okay I am not a big fan of this one myself. The word makes my muscles ace, by exercising our bodies relies healthy endorphin’s. Which make us happy. Belief it because it is true. (This Sunday’s Fun Run is a great opportunity to get some exercise.
L – Lear: Be open to learn something new every day. knowledge is power. Don’t waste your time to learn more about the dirt everyone has on you or your friends. Focus on knowledge that will enrich your life and make you a happier person.
P – Play: You might thing that Play is just for children, but it is absolutely not. do one fun child like thing this weekend and let go a bit.
S – Spiritual Growth: The best way I have found to improve one’s spiritual life is to journal all the things you have received through grace. Our spirituality can be a great support for us in our time of need.
Hope you all have a blessed weekend and remember Happiness HELPS this World Mental Health Day !!!