Mental Health Awareness Week welcomed by counsellor

Leslie Hanson
October 10, 2018

"The 2030 Agenda is clear: We must leave no one behind".

Library will celebrate World Mental Health Day 2018 and promote awareness of mental health issues on Wednesday, October 10.

Two-thirds (67 percent) of workers who have used technology to support their mental health said their choice of technology was based on recommendations from healthcare professionals.

"We all know that doing physical activities like swimming is good for our bodies".

Of course, there are actions that employers should take in order to prevent work from becoming a trigger for poor mental health, and holding conversations around the topic is not the overall solution but it is a stage that employers can not afford to overlook.

"The process we're trying to develop and everything we're trying to do is just with an eye toward reducing stigma, increasing awareness and getting students access to more care", Cowley said.

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This is why, celebrities, business leaders and MPs all came together at parliament today, in the week of World Mental Health Day, to celebrate the fantastic achievements of the campaign so far, and most importantly, call for change.

The CEO Roundtable will release the complete findings of the survey, along with mental health program summaries from member companies, in a report later this year.

In fact, there has been a rise in the time children have to wait before they are given treatment.

Seape also pointed to the role of parents and educators in building children's mental and emotional resilience - the ability to cope with everyday challenges and to overcome disappointments and failures as a normal part of life.

"Research shows that simply being in water can be restorative", says Cumming.

Attended by some of the region's leading business and charity bosses, the event heard how attitudes in the workplace were changing rapidly on the issue but that there was still much work to be done. It gives us direction and focus and that is very motivating. When a young person often feels anxious or worried; has frequent stomachaches or headaches with no physical explanation; experiences difficulty with sleep, loses interest in things they once enjoyed doing; isolates themselves; has trouble in school or their grades begin to decline; feels exhausted, lacks energy or is disconnected; fears weight gain, constantly exercises, or develops unusual food consumption; or engages in risky, destructive behavior, including drinking, smoking, or other drug use.

"Mental health is something that fluctuates throughout a lifetime and with more support it makes people more functional".

Dr Seape says the causes of depression and related mental illnesses in teenagers and young adults are multi-faceted: "There is the stressful nature of the teenage years - for some teenagers, the normal developmental changes of these years, such as bodily changes, new patterns of thoughts and feelings, can be unsettling and overwhelming".

On average, we breathe anything between 12-20 breaths a minute, but when you're stressed or anxious, there's a tendency to breathe in your upper lungs with shallow, rapid breaths, instead of breathing into your lower lungs. When you breathe short, shallow breaths, it can encourage some of the worst symptoms of anxiety: Hyperventilation and panic attacks.

Swimming styles like freestyle can help to regulate your breath, as you're forced to take long, deep breaths in order to immerse your head beneath the water while cycling through the stroke.

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