What do you do to keep your body healthy? Perhaps you eat a balanced diet or you exercise regularly. When you are ill, you might take medication or go to the doctor.
Taking care of our mental wellbeing is just as important as attending to our physical health. Having good mental health can help us to relax, achieve more and enjoy our lives fully. We can’t all feel great all the time – but checking in on negative emotions and talking about them help prevent more serious problems.
About one in four people experiences mental health problems at some time in their lives, but many cases go undetected for years. This is often down to feelings of social embarrassment or shame, which prevents people speaking up and getting the right help.
Organisations around the world are fighting this stigma – from the Australian movement Man Up, which works with men to break down harmful stereotypes, to the UK campaign Every Mind Matters, which helps people take simple steps to improve their mental wellbeing.
Both focus on talking about your feelings. This might start with telling a friend that you are feeling low to taking a bigger step and asking for more help when you need it.
If you are struggling with sadness, anxiety, panic or loneliness, don’t be afraid to talk to an adult – especially if the feelings are beginning to affect your daily life negatively.
How will you make sure your mind matters this week?
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