Mental health

In May, the United Nations made a statement: “The mental health and wellbeing of whole societies have been severely impacted by this crisis and are a priority to be addressed urgently.”

After months of the global lockdown because of Covid-19, levels of anxiety, panic, and loneliness had shot up. Celebrities, including Lizzo and Emma Stone, reached out to support those most affected. Beyoncé pledged $6m (£4,600m) for mental health initiatives. British royals Prince William and Kate donated £1.8 million to similar causes.

Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day. At a time when keeping mentally healthy is so difficult, awareness of the day is more important than ever. This year’s theme is Mental Health for All.

Everybody has mental health. And just as we get poorly physically, we can also have mental health problems – ranging from problems we experience as part of everyday life, to serious long-term conditions.

According to the World Health Organisation, one person in every four will be affected by a mental disorder at one stage of their lives. But stigma and embarrassment around issues can make discussing them and recovering difficult.

Talking about your feelings is one of the best ways to stay mentally healthy, as are exercising, eating well, and asking for help if you need it.

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Activities

  1. Make a list of as many emotions as you can think of. Divide them into two groups: positive and negative.
  2. Design a poster to publicise World Mental Health Day, promoting good mental health for all.
  3. For a week, write your feelings down in a notebook every evening. How does it feel to write them down? Is it helpful to express your emotions?