April Campaign: World Health Day: Focus on depression
The focus of this year’s World Health Day is mental health, specifically encouraging conversations about depression. In the UK, 1 in 4 people have a mental health problem each year*, so it is vital that we all break down the stigma associated with it and feel we can talk openly about issues which affect our mental wellbeing.
At the White Ribbon Association we are supporting World Health Day by raising awareness of the ways alcohol, drugs and tobacco can impact on depression. A key focus of our campaign is to highlight the ways people can improve their mental health and look after themselves. By identifying the negative impact alcohol, drugs and tobacco have on depression (either through self-medicating or as a trigger), we can all work to improve our mental wellbeing.
One of the simplest ways towards achieving good mental health is eating a balanced diet full of fresh foods. When you care about your body from the inside, this can have a positive impact on your energy levels.
Exercising produces a many feel good chemicals in the brain, so if you’re a beginner to exercise even a gentle walk or a swim can boost your mood.
Be around other people
It’s important not to isolate yourself from other people, especially those who care about you. If you don’t feel like seeing someone, send a text or email.
Lastly, there is a lot of support available to you if you are struggling with depression or any other mental health issue. You don’t have to see someone face to face; there are online options too! They’re a great way of sharing experiences and interacting with other people.
During April, many locations across the West Midlands and North West area are all taking part in this campaign, including Chelmsley Wood, Castle Bromwich, Dickens Heath, Balsall Common, Hobs Moat and Kingshurst Libraries, Employment Plus centres, Tudor Grange Academy, George Salter School, the City of Wolverhampton College, Salford Big Life Centre and Croft Pharmacy.
It’s not too late for you to take part as well! We have a number of options to support you raise awareness of World Health Day. Our Development Officers can deliver in-depth educational sessions or informal health events, whereas our free Community Health Information displays are ideal for passers-by to take information at their leisure.