Mental Health Week

As you battle lupus you can deal with many issues. Mental illness is one of them. From depression to anxiety to other mental health issues that can stifle your will to live well beyond lupus.

October 10 was World Mental Health Day. One day? Yes, ONE. One day CAN matter. If we call would just take ONE DAY to raise awareness about mental health issues, we could all reach ONE person and that ONE person might be THE person who needed to talk about mental health issues.

This year’s World Mental Health Day theme is Psychological First Aid. We often find ourselves at a ground zero of sorts when it comes to mental health issues. Shame, stigma, ignorance, lack of access to services, etc., are just some of the things that keep people from getting the help they need until WHAM – the crisis and chaos hits. HARD. Some describe it as slamming into a brick wall going 100 miles per hour.

OUCH! Sounds like a situation that requires some serious first aid to me!

World Mental Health Day is about knowledge.

Mental Health Week is a national event, held every October to coincide with World Mental Health Day (10 October).

One in four adults will experience mental health difficulties at one time or the other but many will receive little or no help when they present in an emergency.
The aim of Mental Health Week is to promote social and emotional wellbeing to the community, encouraging people to maximize their health potential, enhancing the coping capacity of communities, families, individuals and increasing mental health recovery.


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