Do One Thing to Get Active, Or Help Others Do So On World Mental Health Day!
Posted: Sat, 10 Oct 2020 08:00
Today is World Mental Health Day and this year's theme is 'mental health for all'.
This year has been a tough one for us all. The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on our mental health. According to research by Mind, more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown. Many have developed new mental health problems as a result of the pandemic and, for some of us, existing mental health problems have got worse.
Making positive change can seem so hard, especially during uncertain times, and sometimes, it can be hard to know where to start. Mind are asking people to make a start today by doing one thing to make a positive difference to their mental health.
With this in mind it is well known that participating in physical activity makes a positive difference to our mental health, so we are encouraging people to do one thing to get active today. Whether you are already active on a regular basis and just do your normal activity, try something new, or have done little if anything before, but make a start today then it will all provide a boost to your mental wellbeing.
If you use Twitter then please tweet a video, or photo of you doing your activity to us @Nsport and Mind (@MindCharity) using the #DoOneThing hashtag to help inspire others to do the same.
For activity providers the one thing you do could be to improve your knowledge and understanding of mental health which could lead to more people experiencing problems participating in your activities. UK Coaching have currently got their 'Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity' online workshop available at the half price cost of £8.99. This course will provide the confidence to be able to support people experiencing mental health problems, and help them to thrive inside and outside of your sessions.
Together we are stronger and together we can make a big difference all over the world. World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness in the global community about the critical mental health agendas. We are all in this together and together we can bring about positive mental health for all. Try to do at least one thing today to help with this process by getting active yourself and, or helping others do the same.