World Mental Health Day
Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2019 by Maire Gerrard — No comments
World Mental Health Day is a chance for societies across the globe to bring mental health to the forefront of their agendas. While education on the issue is becoming more commonplace, it is incredibly important to not become complacent and to continue raising awareness.
This year, the World Federation for Mental Health has chosen ‘suicide prevention’ as the core focus. Shockingly, data from the World Health Organisation shows that around one person every 40 seconds dies due to suicide. It is also the leading cause of death amongst 20-34 year olds in the UK. Venn Group is proud to recruit high calibre young people, with our average employee age falling within this remit.
We recognise our responsibility to support the mental health of all our employees, and therefore have partnered with Health Assured; an Employee Assistance Programme. As well as providing specific resources through their mobile app, their 24/7 phonelines give all our employees easy access to experienced counsellors whenever they might need to speak to someone.
In recognition of World Mental Health Day, Health Assured have come up with several tips on how we can all look after our mental health.
- Ask for help
If at times, life gets too much for you, it’s important that you speak to those close to you. You may find that a few wise words from your partner or a family member is enough to get you back on track.
- Plenty of sleep
Sleep helps regulate the chemicals in our brain that transmit information. These chemicals are important in managing our moods and emotions and an imbalance in those chemicals can result in us becoming depressed or anxious.
- Eat well
A balanced diet that is good for your physical wellbeing is also good for your mental wellbeing. Your brain needs a mix of nutrients to stay healthy and function well.
- Avoid alcohol
The numbing effects of drinking are only temporary and can often lead to mental health issues. It’s advised that if you do drink, that you stay within the governing bodies recommended unit guidelines.
If you are concerned about your mental wellbeing or that of someone else, then the Samaritans are available around the clock, every single day of the year by calling 116 123.
We hope that the momentum of mental health awareness continues, so that fewer people suffer in silence. Never underestimate the power of asking anyone, be it a friend or stranger, “are you okay?”