World Mental Health Day is observed globally on October 10th every year. It serves as a day dedicated to raising awareness about mental health issues and promoting mental well-being across the world. The day provides an opportunity to mobilise efforts in support of mental health, and it encourages open discussions, advocacy, and education regarding mental health challenges.
‘Mental Health is a universal human right.’
With this theme, we can raise awareness, and we can ensure that everybody receives quality mental health care and that the human rights and well-being of people with mental illness are respected in all parts of the world so that every person with a mental health difficulty has:
The right to be protected from known harms to mental health.
The right to access quality and affordable care when a person struggles with their mental health.
The right to freedom and dignity, including the right of choice.
When it comes to affordable support, it can be really hard with wait times and prices of private care however, in the meantime, talk to your peers. Peer support can be really beneficial. It can offer affordable mental health assistance by connecting individuals who share similar experiences. Unlike traditional therapy, peer support relies on the shared understanding between those providing and seeking help. This creates a non-judgmental space where individuals can openly discuss their mental health challenges without fear of stigma.
Peer support is often more accessible than traditional mental health services. Peers can offer support in various settings, such as community centres, online forums, or support groups, making it easier for individuals to access help. It can also help combat the isolation often associated with mental health issues. Building a supportive social network through peer relationships can contribute significantly to one's mental well-being.
Peers can share practical coping strategies and skills they've developed through their own experiences. This can include mindfulness techniques, stress management strategies, and other tools for managing mental health, creating a sense of empowerment through real-life examples, and demonstrating that recovery is possible. Serving as living examples that overcoming mental health challenges is achievable, fostering hope and resilience.