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World Mental Health Day
Mental health is celebrated each year on October 10 to raise awareness and mobilise support for those experiencing mental health problems. World Mental Health Day is a global campaign organised by the World Health Organization (WHO) every year since 2013. World Mental Health Day 2022’s theme is “Make mental health a global priority”, according to the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH).
During October, the United Nations promotes mental health and well-being through events and activities.
For 2022, World Mental Health Day will be devoted to ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World.
World Mental Health Day & Parenting
World Mental Health Day is a day set aside to raise awareness of mental health issues worldwide. It’s a chance to talk about mental health and better understand what people with mental health issues go through.
There’s also a lot of overlap between mental health and parenting, so we’re sharing some information on both topics.
Parents must be aware of signs that their child may have emotional or behavioural problems, so they can start addressing them early on. And it’s also important for parents struggling with mental health issues to seek help for themselves.
Mental Health Is Not Optional
Mental health is not optional. It isn’t something you can choose to have or not. It’s not a choice, and it’s not optional.
If you are concerned about your mental health, or your child’s, you should seek professional help. If you’re worried about your child but don’t know where to start, there are some things that parents of children with mental health issues can do:
1) Talk about it! Don’t feel like you have to keep everything inside. Talking about what’s happening in your family helps others understand better and helps you gain insight into what triggers your child.
2) Be there for them! The most important thing is being an advocate for them when they need it most. When stressed out or having a hard time at school, be there for them and let them know that they can talk to you about anything.
3) Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Talking with a counsellor or therapist is an excellent way to find out how best to support your child so that they can heal without needing medication or hospitalisation (or worse).
How Do You Talk to Your Kids About Mental Health?
It’sTalking about mental health with your kids from an early age is important. But it’s also important to do so so they can understand.
One of the best ways to start is by introducing them to the concept of mental health at home. You can do this by talking about how people can feel happy or sad and how different emotions are OK in different situations. After all, it’s not very helpful if you tell your child that they shouldn’t feel sad when they lose their favourite toy or get bullied at school — but instead should be happy because everything is going well for them.
You could also talk about how people go through hard times in their lives and how important it is not to be afraid of these hard times because they will pass. When we’re children, we think that everything will always be fine and we’ll never have any problems again — but as adults, we know better!
Stress Is Normal But Not Healthy
Stress can be a part of life, and it’s important to manage stress by learning how to deal with it. Stress is normal and happens to everyone, but it can also be unhealthy. Unhealthy stress levels can lead to depression, anxiety disorders, and other mental health issues.
Parents may be stressed by parenting responsibilities or their child’s behaviour. Parents can help their children cope with stress by providing support in times of need and showing them how to relax when they feel stressed out.
The first step to building a healthy relationship with your child is paying attention to your stress levels. If you’re stressed, it’s hard to be a good parent.
Here are some tips to help you cope:
Get enough sleep. When you’re tired, your mind won’t be able to focus on the things that need the most attention — like raising children or taking care of ageing parents.
Eat right and exercise regularly. A healthy diet will help keep your blood sugar level steady and help keep your weight in check. Exercise, especially walking, will boost your mood and make you feel better.
Meditation: Try meditation or yoga exercises that target breathing patterns and relaxation techniques that teach how to control stress levels, so they don’t control you.
Parents are at the centre of each child’s life, but that doesn’t mean they always get the credit they deserve. It’s not just about the day-to-day stuff, like making sure your kids are fed and clothed, but also about the big picture:
- How you feel about yourself.
- How you handle stress and anger.
- Whether or not you have a healthy relationship with your partner.
The truth is that parents can positively affect their children by keeping their mental health in good shape. If you feel down or anxious, it can be hard to focus on your kids or raise them to be happy and healthy adults. But this is where parenting comes into play. If you want to keep your kids out of trouble and help them grow up into well-adjusted adults, then learning more about mental health is an important part of parenting.
Keeping your mental health in good shape can positively affect your children. Suppose you’re struggling with anxiety or depression. In that case, it can be hard to see the benefits of treatment — but taking care of yourself will help you feel happier and more connected to others and help your family cope better when they need support.