World Mental Health Day – 10 October 2017
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.
The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
The above was taken from World Health Organization website http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/en/
And you can probably see the link between World Mental Health Day and my profession as a hypnotist
But you probably don’t know how it affects me as a person
You see, I suffered from depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and didn’t dare speak up or seek help
Partly because I didn’t know I was suffering from them
But also because of the stigma I used to have (as well as what society had years ago)
You can read more about my life story here
Thankfully things have changed
More people are becoming aware of mental health care and how important it is to look after the mind
Of how anxieties and abuse can affect a person’s life
Of how it’s ok to seek help and voice out
Of course, more can always be done
Like how I share in some of my Singapore Hypnosis meetups that it all starts at home
What you as parents say to your children is so important and is one aspect of mental health care at home
What you as children (now adults) say and treat your ageing parents is so important and leads to their mental health care
What you as bosses say and how you treat your staff is so important and leads to their mental health care at the workplace
I can continue on and on but you get my point
Finally, it’s what you say to yourself that is probably the key to proper mental health care
Yes, there might be a lot of sh*t flying around and you might question whether people are really good or not
Yes, there might be a lot of hurts going around, physically, emotionally, mentally and socially
Yes, there seem to be a lot of fights, war and violence
And here is the thing, media always show the bad stuff
Media doesn’t show the millionth successful plane flight from the airport (probably well over a trillion successful flights all over the world now)
Media doesn’t show the random stranger feeding the hungry
Media doesn’t show a family hug
What I am saying is this:
“For every bad that is seen, there is good that is yet seen”
Why is it yet seen?
Because we as humans are looking at the wrong things more than half the time
You probably saw the mom scolding the kid but did you see the mom hugging her child just beside?
You get what I mean don’t you?
Start changing your perspectives and you can change your life
When you change how you look at things, in a more positive way
When you change where you are looking, at the good stuff
When you change what you perceive, that there was some benefits
You change your thoughts and mindset
And that’s a simple way towards proper mental health care for yourself
That’s my sharing and there are other ways like relaxation techniques and how to release stress
But I don’t want to overload you so yup
Just remember this ok?
And if you want to share this on social media so more people can know how to take that first step towards their own mental health care, that will be much appreciated for World Mental Health Day 2017 🙂
Thanks and have a great October!