Grantham College College shares its top tips for looking after your mental wellbeing for World Mental Health Day!
Around 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24. *
This year’s theme of Mental Health Day centres around young people and mental health in a changing world. Mental Health has become one of the most talked about things among young people as 1 in 6 young people are likely to be diagnosed with anxiety* and anxiety and depression being the most common mental health problems*.
Being World Mental Health Day on Wednesday, we thought we’d share some top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing!
1) Look after your physical wellbeing.
Keeping active and eating healthily can help boost your mental wellbeing. Regular exercise is likely to both your concentration, sleep and make you feel better as well as clear your head. Whilst eating healthily will provide a long-lasting effect on your body helping you to function.
2) Speaking to someone
You may not want to talk about your own mental wellbeing; but do you know that of others. It’s important to speak to someone if yourself or they are experience mental health problems. Keeping in touch, dropping them a text, taking 10 minutes out of your day to give them a ring or even meeting for coffee will help. You’ll have someone to talk to if you want and they also will have someone who it thinking about them.
3) Take a break
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or you’re feeling down, it’s good to take a break. Self-care is a very important thing so whether you take 5 minutes to relax, half hour at lunch to have a walk or explore a new place; it’s a good idea to get a change of pace and scenery to take some time to yourself.
4) Talk about your feelings
If you’re struggling with your mental wellbeing, it’s important to speak about your thoughts and your feelings. This way you’ll get a massive weight off your shoulders and you’ll be able to get the help and advice that you need. It’s important to speak to someone that you trust so whether it’s a friend, family member or someone else – they’re there to help.
5) Ask for help
It may seem scary or daunting but people and services are there to help you. It’s important to remember that you aren’t alone in this. There are a number of services that will be able to help you. At College you can book to see our counsellor at the Student information desk. There are also a number of helplines you can call such as the Samaritans on 116 123 or Rethink Mental Illness on 0300 5000 927. You can also go to your GP as they may be able to refer you to a mental health service. If you’re a parent and your child is struggling with mental wellbeing then you can ring Young minds on 0808 802 5544.
Here at Grantham College we are focusing on Mental Health all week from the 8th-12th with World Mental Health Day being on Wednesday 10th. Around the College we have Random Acts of Kindness Posters, a directed study focusing around mental wellbeing, Kooth Counselling coming in on Tuesday and our Level 3 Health and Social Care students holding a cake sale and information stand.