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5 Ways to Show Kindness on World Mental Health Day

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Every year on October 10th, the world gets together to raise awareness about mental health issues. World Mental Health Day got its start in 1992 with the hope of improving the quality of mental health services around the globe. Learn how to celebrate World Mental Health Day with Springfield Wellness Centers today by calling 844.334.4727.

About World Mental Health Day 2020

World Mental Health Day 2020 is focusing on mental health as a human right. It explores the concept of making mental health available to everyone. By investing in mental health services, the world can provide greater access to it.

World Mental Health Day 2020 falls in the middle of Mental Illness Awareness Week in the U.S, which is always the first week of October. This day is all about making people aware that mental health plays a role in the happiness and well-being of all. You can get the ball rolling by showing some kindness in support of the day. As we look forward to World Mental Health Day 2020, consider five kindnesses you can do to celebrate.

1. Get Educated About Mental Health

One of the most significant barriers to mental health for all is the stigmatism attached to conditions like:

The more you know, the more factual information you can share to raise awareness.

Take time to learn about common mental health disorders and how prevalent they are in the world. Examine the treatment options and how people with them lead successful lives. See them for what they are: diseases of the brain and learn what you can do to help someone that has one.

2. Become a Workplace Wellness Advocate

Mental health experts across the world suggest that businesses that promote mental health in the workplace can benefit from their investment with increased productivity. The work environment is often the source of anxiety and stress. There may be harassment or bullying there or just a feeling of being overwhelmed in one’s job.

Simple things like setting up a small gym or offering gym memberships to employees can improve mental health issues such as depression. You might work with your employer or company to create a meditation space, as well. Most importantly, please make sure everyone knows that there are treatment options available to them and that the care is confidential.

3. Check-In

Check-in with your family, friends, and neighbors to see how they are doing. It’s easy to get so caught up in our lives that the people in them can fall to the side. Try to make a list of the people you’ve lost contact with and reach out to them on World Mental Health Day.
This kindness works both ways. By reconnecting with others, you let them know you care about them while at the same time, you regain that sense of friendship and family. If you know someone with a history of anxiety or mental illness, put them at the top of your list.

4. Volunteer Your Time

There are many organizations always looking for volunteers as the local homeless shelter. You can look into a suicide hotline or mental health association. Kindness is about giving, and your time is one of your most valuable assets. You can use it to help others by just being there when they need you.

5. Practice Self-Care

Maybe the person that needs your kindness the most is you. Consider your own mental health and look at the treatment options that might help you.
Springfield Wellness Center offers options for:

  • Substance use disorder
  • Mental health/mood disorders
  • Detox
  • General Wellness
  • Neurodegenerative diseases

If you or someone you know needs mental health services, give us a call at Springfield Wellness Center at 844.334.4727.