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  • Writer's pictureMike Douglas

World Mental Health Day 2018

Happy World Mental Health Day! I have spoken to a few campaigners lately and there's a real mix of buzz about sharing new resources and worry about the pressure of being involved in WMHD activities.

I want you to know, whatever you do is ok. If you need a break, thats ok, if you are supporting someone else's activities, thats ok. There shouldn't be pressure to be involved. Particularly as I know so many of you are so active throughout the rest of the year.

Recently I have been reading information about mental health in Hampshire, which particularly notes male mental health and suicide rates. I have also seen a number of reports on young peoples mental health being increasingly discussed in 'main stream media'. While I am not a 'stat fan', they do provide solid information on things we should be paying attention to and they do help to gain public attention.

Another area I have become more aware of this year is mental health in the workplace. This week the Business in the Community (BITC) in partnership with Mercer have published their 2018 Mental Health at Work report; to be honest being a campaigner the stats don't surprise me. However, this is extremely useful evidence, proving there needs to be change. Just because this doesn't surprise me, that doesn't mean its ok, its not ok!

We spent more time at work than at home I think, so having the right support in place is essential. Maybe you have a small workplace, so there isn't a HR team or counsellor. But you know what, the thing I have found most helpful is a friendly colleague ready and willing to listen. Anyone... anyone can do that. Sometimes the listener just needs a bit of support too.

Theres a range of workplace wellbeing support available, training, resources and more. Check out your local Minds, Health and Wellbeing Teams/ Services and you should be able to find some guidance.

Being completely honest, I have been struggling a bit recently so I am trying to manage my time and efforts over October. Hopefully at the end of the month I will be able to say a bit more, Im just not there at the moment, and thats ok.

So many people are doing amazing stuff this week, because of this I have decided to mention a few below. Here are some cool campaigns you may find interesting.

#AskTwice - Time to Change

"Sometimes we say we’re fine when we’re not, so if your mate’s acting differently, ask twice."

SHUSH Listening Tips - Samaritians

"When people feel listened to, it can save a life."

World Mental Health Day - Mental Health Foundation

"This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is young people and mental health in a changing world."

World Mental Health Day - Mind

"Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10 October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing."

I know theres loads more going on too, so check your local area, search the #WMHD18; there will be loads going on.

If you would like to talk about your campaigning or your own journey with mental health let me know. Maybe we can have you as a guest on the MOJO Podcast.

Have an awesome week and remember, you are not alone.

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