Focus on keeping mentally healthy

WE ALL talk about looking after our physical health but how many of us think about our mental health in the same way?

With Mental Health Week here, the team at Bridges Health and Community Care is urging people to stop and think about keeping mentally healthy.

Chief executive officer Sharon Sarah said there were a number of key messages when it came to addressing mental health.

"There has been a recent study undertaken by UMR Research which looked at what people are doing to address mental health," she said.

"Ten tips to help improve mental health and wellbeing have been listed with statistics shown for various age groups."

"The research showed things like 17% of young adults aged 18-29 never make an effort to eat healthily while 47% of people claim to regularly get a good night sleep."

Ms Sarah said the research would be able to help individual people establish what areas in life they could work on to improve their mental health.

This Saturday will see World Mental Health Day coincide with Mental Health Week, with the campaign titled Mental Health Begins With Me working to break down the stigma of mental illness.

"The campaign encourages people to seek help when they need it and it also brings communities together," Ms Sarah said.

The campaign asks everyone to make a simple, personal mental health promise and then share it on social media.

"Almost 70% of people with a mental illness don't seek help. By showing our support for mental health we can start to change this," Ms Sarah said.

"I've made a promise to reach out more to those that I care about and that care for me."

Ms Sarah said being open about mental health was one step in the right direction.

"Sharing is just as important as making a promise. It shows others that it's okay to talk about mental illness, whether we have an illness or not."

To make a mental health promise to yourself visit and share your promise on social media using the hash tag #WMHD2015

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