I often joke that I'm losing my marbles - two young children who don't sleep well coupled with long shifts at work aren't a good combination and tiredness makes me forgetful but mental health is no laughing matter.
10 October 2011 is World Mental Health Day. People all over the UK will hold a Tea & Talk fundraising event. All you have to do is get together a group of friends, family or colleagues, put the kettle on and invite them to make a donation to the Mental Health Foundation, it’s as simple as that!
Everyone knows how beneficial a good cup of tea and a chat can be. Taking part in Tea & Talk can be great for your own mental health and wellbeing too!
Mental Health affects us all. How we think and feel about ourselves and our lives impacts on our behaviour and how we cope in tough times. It affects our ability to make the most of the opportunities that come our way and play a full part amongst our family, workplace, community and friends. It’s also closely linked with our physical health.
Whether we call it well-being, emotional welfare or mental health, it’s key to living a fulfilling life.
You can help keep yourself in good mental health by:
* Talking about your feelings
* Keeping active
* Eating well
* Drinking sensibly
* Keeping in touch with friends and loved ones
* Asking for help when you need it
* Taking a break
* Doing something you’re good at and enjoy
* Accepting who you are
* Caring for others