This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, so we’re taking the opportunity to remind you how important it is to look after yourself and your mental health.
Mental health problems right here in the UK are more common than you may think. Did you know that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England? That’s some pretty shocking stats.
This includes mixed anxiety and depression, phobias, obsessive-compulsive and panic disorders, which all fall under the umbrella of mental health problems. Unfortunately, there still remains a stigma surrounding the subject, meaning that many people refrain from talking about their problems or asking for help when they need it.
There are many causes which lead to poor mental health – factors in our everyday lives that you may not even realise are having an impact. In the current climate, social isolation and loneliness are profound causes of mental health decline. So now more than ever, we need to check in on each other and those around us, whilst also taking some time to think about our own mental health.
If you’re concerned about how you may be feeling and the impact it’s having on your mental health, here are five warning signs to look out for:
- Consistently withdrawing from social situations.
- Dramatic changes in everyday habits, such as eating and sleeping.
- Extended periods of sadness.
- Extreme mood swings.
- Excessive fear, worry or anxiety.
We can’t stress how important it is to reach out and ask for help if you’re experiencing any of the mental health indicators above. There are many charities and support services out there that are equipped to help you and any concerns you may have. These include; Samaritans, SANEline, CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), HopelineUK, amongst others.
Let’s not forget BEN – the automotive industry’s dedicated charity and support service – who offer a wide range of mental health support options, including talking therapies and counselling. BEN’s support is free for anyone who works, or has worked, in the automotive industry.
If you’re looking at ways to help or improve your own mental health, the NHS recommends these five-steps to help promote your mental wellbeing:
- Practice mindfulness by paying attention to how you feel.
- Regularly connect with people and forge good relationships with friends/family.
- Take part in physical activities, such as a daily walk or run.
- Take up a hobby and learn new skills.
- Volunteer your time to help others.
Let’s continue to look out for each other #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.