world mental health day

World Mental Health Day 2022

This World Mental Health Day, we’re supporting the fight for better mental health.

Today marks World Mental Health Day (WMHD). Every year the World Health Organisation changes the theme of the day, focusing on different areas of mental health across the globe.

This year, the theme of WMHD is ‘Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority’ which has been set by the World Federation for Mental Health.

WMHD highlights the importance of personal mental health and why as a society we need to raise awareness of mental health issues. The day-long observance also provides supporting tools and guidance on how to take care of your own and others’ well-being.

At British Judo, the mental health and well-being of our members, athletes and staff is crucial. We aim to promote a sustainable membership programme where everyone has the best opportunity to have positive mental health and well-being.

Sometimes, finding the words to say how you feel is tough. Mind are working to show the different ways people talk about their experiences through a series of spoken word stories. 

1 in 4 people are affected by a mental health problem each year. There are many resources available in the UK, if you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health it might be useful to explore the available options:

Mind – provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Shout – the UK’s first and only free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.

Samaritans – provides services for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

Childline – a free, private and confidential service for under 19’s where users can talk about anything, online or through a phone call.

GP – Doctors can provide support and direct you to the right services that benefit your mental health.

Black History Month

In the UK, race and mental health are strongly associated. Systemic racism is detrimental to the mental health of Black people.

Mind provide culturally specific support through many of their services.  For more details click here.

How you can get involved…

Check in on your friends and family

Sometimes it’s hard to know if someone is struggling with their mental health as everyone can act differently when they’re going through a tough time. The best way to support a friend or family member is by showing them you’re always there to listen to them.

Speak out and share your thoughts

Whether you use social media or simply speak with friends, family or colleagues – mark WMHD by telling those around you why you’ve joined the fight for mental health and help create a movement for change.

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