Today, October 10th, is World Mental Health Day. It is recognised annually by the World Health Organisation (WHO) , providing an opportunity for people to talk about mental health issues and raise awareness worldwide.
This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is psychological first aid, educating people on how they can provide support to those in distress. People who have a psychological mental health issue may have experienced or suffered from a serious and distressing event or crisis – like seeing someone get badly hurt, witnessing a death or being a victim of sexual assault or violence.
We’ve done a couple of blog posts discussing mental health and its relationship to the sexual objectification of women in the past – this one and this one, if you missed them. One thing that has really stood out to us when researching mental health, is the statistic that 1 in 5 people experience a diagnosable mental health issue in any given year. Note the word diagnosable. This means that not all people receive the help that they need, because they don’t have the support and resources to reach out to those around them.
Although our campaign focuses on the impacts that sexual objectification can have upon the mental health of young women, we want to stress the importance of recognising mental health issues not just in young women, but in all genders and ages. Everyone deserves to receive the help and support that they require.
If you are struggling with a mental health issue, or know someone who is, here are three simple ways you can take action:
- Talking and listening:
Talk to a loved one about your mental health experience, or listen to a friend or family member tell you about their issue and let them know that you’re there to support them.
- Calling helplines:
Call Lifeline (13 11 14) or Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636) at any time, to speak to someone for immediate support.
- Getting professional help:
Consulting your GP is always a great idea. Make an appointment with your doctor or a health professional, or help and encourage your friend or family member to make an appointment.
– S x