Saturday October 10th 2015 World Mental Health Day
Did you know that 154 million people worldwide suffer from depression? World Mental Health Day is hosted by the World Health Organisation (WHC) to raise awareness of mental health issues and to ensure that people who have mental health problems can live with dignity. World Mental Health Day is an annual event which focusses on global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. Each year has a theme and the theme this year is dignity, other themes include:
2013 older adults
2009 tea and talk
2008 look after yourself
2007 global issues
How can we help? By encouraging conversation and share what you have learned about World Mental Health Day with the people you spend time with.There are ‘Tea and Talk events’ hosted that have the encouraging tagline “have a natter, raise money and change lives”. https://www.facebook.com/TeaAndTalk
How would the Learning Support Centre support someone who suffers with Mental Health?
We know that everyone experiences fluctuations in their mental health over time, and sometimes dealing with extra pressures at school, college or university, or in the workplace, can have a negative impact on our mental health. The Learning Support Centre believe that regular mentoring sessions can be a valuable source of support to people who experience mental health difficulties. Our mental health mentors use their skills and experience to provide sensitive, reliable, person-centred support. The foundation for mentoring is the relationship between the mentor and mentee. Over time, a supportive and respectful relationship of trust is developed allowing the mentee to explore issues and work on overcoming barriers in a safe environment. The mentor supports the mentee in problem-solving, decision making and testing out new strategies. The mentoring sessions offer opportunities for reflection and constructive feedback to enhance the personal development of the mentee.
Remember, just because you can’t see someone’s disability doesn’t mean it’s not there.