World Mental Health Day: What you need to know

Today is World Mental Health Day, which provides an opportunity for raising awareness, education and providing support to those who need it.

What is a mental health problem?

According to the charity Mind, mental health problems can affect the way you think, feel and behave. They say a mental health problem can feel just as bad, or worse, as any other physical illness – only you cannot see it.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) found that the most common mental health problems include:

  • Depression

  • Generalised anxiety disorder

  • Social anxiety disorder

  • Panic disorder

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

What is World Mental Health Day?

World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity for raising awareness, education and providing support to those who need it.

This year's theme for the awareness day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is mental health in the workplace. This comes after it was revealed that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK were because of mental health conditions.

What other statistics are out there?

Other recent findings include:

A recent index of 301 diseases also found mental health problems to be one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide.

Where can I get help?

Charities like Mind Jersey and Mind Guernsey provide information, support and a variety of services to help people living with a mental illness, as well as campaigning for increased understanding and reduced stigma surrounding mental health.

World Mental Health Day gives us a further opportunity to reflect upon how we are doing, as a community, in relation to protecting and maintaining our own mental health. We have to accept that there are many pressures placed upon us in today's world. We need to encourage islanders to think about their mental health, just as much as they should their physical health.

James Le Feuvre, Mind Jersey