A throwback into history and as to why this day celebrated is to raise awareness and educate the public to reduce the stigmas (negative attitudes and misconceptions) that surrounds mental illnesses.
This month International Mental Health focuses on suicide prevention. According to the World Health Organization 'Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide'.
So, what you can do in support of International Mental Health Day?
International Mental Health Day will be held on the 10th of October at The Hub, and there is a number of ways to show your support.
1. Educate yourself on the signs of mental health
There are numerous mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, phobias, bipolar disorder and many more. You can do a little bit of research to get to know yourself better or to be aware if someone needs some support. The Health & Wellbeing Centre Coventry University are here to help. You are also welcomed to pop in for one to one advice sessions if you feel as though you could use some support.
2. Understanding mental health is essential as you can get to know the problems that you or someone else is facing. Plus, as a society, understanding people living with mental health issues could squash the current stigmas around mental health and the challenges the community are facing.
3. Being able to know what to say when someone is struggling with mental health issues. You have to be cautious of what you are saying to them as you might not quite understand what a person is facing day to day even if your actions are not intentional. An example of this, rather than saying you should be strong to tackle this situation, we suggest that you offer your support and show an interest in their wellbeing, ask if they would like to go out to have a fresh air. Remember, do not force, but if they refuse, you can try again next time and give them space if they require. This will make them feel comfortable to be around you and thinking that you are caring for them.
4. Join the Mental health event - Finally, how about joining the CUSU Wellbeing and Mental Health Community to celebrate this day. There are a lot of exciting activities that all students can get involved in, such as pet and play with the lovely therapy dogs. A music event will be held with acoustic musicians. What is more exciting is the free goodies, pop up to our booth on the 10th of October, in the Hub
We cannot wait to celebrate this event with all of you, do not forget to come and join us at The Hub from 11 to 3 pm.
See ya there