The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. The theme of 2022’s World Mental Health Day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health is “Make Mental Health and Well-Being for All a Global Priority”.
World Mental Health Day was celebrated for the first time on 10 October 1992 at the initiative of Deputy Secretary General Richard Hunter. Up until 1994, this day had no specific theme other than generally promoting mental health advocacy and educating the public.
Mental health is defined as a state of emotional, psychological and social well-being. To be in prime mental health means being able to work productively, maintain healthy relationships, navigate stress, bounce back from adversity, contribute to society and realize your own potential.
1. Take care of your body
Physical well-being contributes to mental well-being. Eat balanced, nutritious meals, stay hydrated, and avoid vices such as smoking and alcohol. Physical exercise can be especially helpful for boosting mental health as it’s been proven to lift moods and decrease depression and anxiety.
Alisha Lalljee is a Psychologist (M.A.), Special Educator (M.Ed) and Psychotherapist. She holds an MBA in clinical research and hospital management. Visit her website www.alishalalljee.com