Tuesday 10th October is World Mental Health Day and the perfect opportunity to support the mental health and wellbeing of yourself and the people around you who may be suffering in silence.
Evolve Health Mentors will be continuing their great work across the country to support the progress of pupils and staff in schools on a daily basis. Many of them will be tweeting their top tips to looks after your wellbeing, alongside the Evolve twitter account (@Evolve_Impact) that will focus on the following ideas:
- Don’t suffer in silence, ask for support.
- Eat healthy and look after your body.
- Undertake a relaxing activity before you go to bed to support your sleeping pattern.
- Allow time for exercise. A healthy heart supports a healthy mind.
- Allow time to listen to others. You never know when a friend or colleague may need support.
- Connect with your friends and family. Research shows that ten minutes of communication each day improves your memory.
- Make time for your hobbies. Never feel bad for doing something you enjoy.
- Access between 30 minutes and two hours of natural light every day. Research shows that staying inside can lead to depression.
- Schedule your workload. Break tasks into manageable chunks so you do not overload yourself with pressure.
- Train your brain with mentally stimulating activities to improve your cognitive performance.
Mental health statistics are alarming across the country. Experts Mind suggest, ‘approximately one in four people across the United Kingdom will experience a mental health problem each year. In England, one in six people report experiencing a common mental health problem in any given week’.
Such data is even more concerning in the education industry where 75% of teachers have reported suffering either mentally or physically because of their jobs.
However, World Mental Health Day provides everyone with the perfect opportunity to support those around us. You could just make the positive impact on a friend or colleague who has been suffering in silence.