Countdown underway to World Mental Health Day 2021

Countdown underway to World Mental Health Day 2021

Sunday, October 10 next marks World Mental Health Day and the theme of the awareness event this year is “Mental Health Care For All: Let’s Make It A Reality”.

This global event provides an opportunity to empower people to look after their own mental health and provide support to others and is of particular value now as the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the mental health of many.

Even now, the easing of restrictions presents its own challenge has we battle anxiety over the prospect of returning to “normal” life after so many long months of social distancing and isolation.

Writing about World Mental Health Day on its website, the HSE states:

“It’s ok if you decide to take things slowly and perhaps not go back to your old routine. Take time to readjust.”

The article continues: “If you experience ongoing anxiety, it might have a serious impact on your day to day life. Try identifying times and things that make you anxious and do less of them. Equally, do more of the things that help you de-stress, like exercising or listening to music. Talk to friends or family, because nothing helps as much as sharing how you’re feeling.

“If you are struggling with your mental health you might need a little more support. Don’t be afraid to reach out and when you do you’ll begin to feel better. A good place to start is by speaking to your GP, or your mental health team if you have one.”

Of course at West Be Well we have a comprehensive directory or services operating across Galway, Mayo and Roscommon that can support you in minding your mental health. (See link at bottom or article.)

As the countdown to World Mental Health Day commences keep an eye on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. account in the coming days for lots of helpful things you can do to look after your mental health.

You can check out the West Be Well directory of local mental health related supports and services HERE.