Today is World Mental Health day. This year's theme is 'Dignity in Mental Health-Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for All'. The annual event is organised by the World Federation for Mental Health and this is what they have to say about the aim for this year's campaign:
"Our aim is that every member of the general public can:
I have long been an advocate for reducing the stigma of mental ill-health and treating it with the same openness as physical illness. Each one of us has a part to play in this by talking openly about mental health and mental ill-health, just as we do with other health issues.
For myself, I have noticed a definite improvement in my own mental health since I began a regular meditation practice. I have become more resilient and I don't find myself swallowed up so much by the small irritations that would once have dragged me down into a low mood. Of course I still have ups and downs and I still get irritated and have low moods, but these are fewer and the lows don't seem to be as low as they were before. I would encourage anyone who is interested to give it a go and just notice what happens when they do.
If we all can be more open about our mental health and our day to day ups and downs, it might help to slowly chip away at the wall of silence that still exists around the more serious mental ill-health that 1 in 4 of us suffers from in our lives.
We are off to Marrakech for a digital detox, so there will be no blog posts for the next two weeks. See you in November.
Jo is a director of Mindful Future and an accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher. Breathworks is one of the leading Mindfulness organisations in the UK