Tuesday 10 September 2019 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Global organisations come together annually to raise awareness about how we can support ourselves and each other better and reduce the stigma around mental ill health, encourage help-seeking and ultimately reduce the number of suicides.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention provides a list of ways we can improve our emotional wellbeing, which may be helpful for all of us to consider: Practice Self-Care
However, if you are in distress or despair, Samaritans provides support 24 hours a day.
Many of us are aware of the effects of the winter months on our mood and may have heard of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). As we continue into August, it may be of interest to consider how we can also be negatively impacted during the summer months: Why sunshine can make you SAD.
"As long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than there is wrong, no matter how ill or how hopeless you may feel. But if you hope to mobilise your inner capacities for growth and for healing and to take charge in your life on a new level, a certain kind of effort and energy on your part will be required ... It will take conscious effort on your part to move in a direction of healing and inner peace. This means learning to work with the very stress and pain that is causing you to suffer."
We may be aware of the mental and physical health benefits of spending time in nature. However, I was interested to read that recent research has quantified the amount of time needed for positive impacts: Nature significantly boosts health. Also, I particularly liked reading about ‘forest bathing’ which promotes mindful experiencing of the sights, sounds and smells of the forest to improve health and wellbeing: Getting back to nature: how forest bathing can make us feel better.
I believe it is really important that it is being highlighted how body issues impact individuals regardless of their age, gender, sexuality and ethnicity, and how these issues affect our mental health: Mental health awareness week Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 2019 hosted by the Mental Health Foundation.