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Did You Know Today Is World Mental Health Day?

Today is World Mental Health Day, where we focus on what’s going on in our heads and try to raise awareness of illnesses like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.

(Thank you GRAND reader, Fran Wishnick for submitting this information.)

mental healthOne in four of us will suffer with mental illness at some point, so it’s likely that even if you’ve not been personally affected that your family and friends may have. If you’re helping a friend through hard times, it’s not always easy to know what to say. Sometimes profound words from someone who’s been through similar things can help. If you’re trying to inspire someone that things get better, or simply cheer them up and say how proud you are of them, here are some quotes.

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the globe. The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) is focusing its entire  2018 campaign on Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.

The WFMH recognizes that children face serious struggles worldwide, including human rights violations, wars, natural disasters and epidemics. Even in the best of circumstances, childhood and adolescence can be a difficult time period because of stressors at home and in school, and in developing meaningful relationships. This is compounded by the  expanding use of online technologies which can add additional pressures. In some cases, if not recognized and managed, feelings associated with these stressors can lead to mental health problems.

MENTAL HEALTHWorldwide, young children and teens need more information and awareness about mental health if they are to grow to be healthy and resilient. Building life skills in children and adolescents, and providing them with psycho-social support in schools and other community settings can help promote good mental health across the globe. World Mental Health Day 2018 is a great opportunity to share lesson plans with a global mental health perspective. The School Mental Health Training and Resource Center at the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS) has developed four lesson plans for different grade levels and disciplines that teachers might consider using in class.

To download, visit www.mentalhealthEDnys.org



MENTAL HEALTHNeed support?

If you’re a young person struggling with mental health issues, YoungMinds offer 24/7 support through a textline (text YM to 85258). Or you can call Childline on 0800 1111. Parents who are worried about their children’s mental well being can call YoungMinds’ parent helpline on 0808 802 5544 between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday. Samaritans are always available on 116 123.


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Thank you GRAND reader, Fran Wishnick for submitting this information.


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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