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It’s Mental Health Awareness Week – can you help your ‘feel good’ factor?

Would you recognise if you’ve torn a muscle, cut your finger or if you’ve got a chesty cough or a bad case of the flu? Would you also know how to treat these physical health needs and understand how long it would be until you are feeling ‘well’ again?

But what happens in cases when you don’t even realise that your mental health and wellbeing isn’t quite right or you know that you’re not quite feeling yourself.

Mental health needs like anxiety and depression, can lead to you not quite feeling like yourself and unlike a physical health need there isn’t always a clear reason for why you feel the way you do. These and other mental health needs are often much less understood.

During Mental Health Awareness Week we want to try to change that and reach as many people as possible to help them to understand, manage and overcome the anxiety which can impact on our daily lives.

We are inviting young people to participate in daily wellbeing activities. To start off the week, the Mental Health Stigma Programme is devoting Monday to eating the right balance of food, taking 30 minutes of exercise, spending time with friends, getting some fresh air and ensuring the right amount of quality sleep are other themes being promoted throughout the week.

Choosing healthy lifestyles and enjoying life in general, no matter what challenges come our way, can go a long way towards positive mental and physical wellbeing. Freeing yourself from stress is another key in that process and actually the challenges that activities that we are inviting people to take part in can help people de-stress. This week sees the start of SATS for our year 6 students and study leave for A-Levels and GCSE exams starts any day now and it is important that we as young people try to support our own emotional wellbeing.

…But if we have a mental health need, such as anxiety, stress or depression, that we need additional support with, that is ok – 1 in 4 people will have mental health needs during their lifetime. Mental health needs often go undetected, and any efforts to bring more attention to that fact, and help people get the support that they need, is a positive step. A stigma is sometimes attached to mental health, and efforts to raise awareness of these issues and encourage people to TALK OUT LOUD about their mental health is a positive thing and something that we are passionate about at the Mental Health Stigma Programme.”

So, use this week to support your mental and physical wellbeing, take charge of your own mental health and do your best to live a healthy life, 365 days a year.

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