MENTAL HEALTH 450,000,000 people globally live with Mental Health conditions making it among the leading causes of Illness & Disability worldwide. Treatments are available, but nearly 2/3 of those with a known mental disorder NEVER seek help from a health professional. STIGMA DISCRIMINATION & NEGLECT prevent care and treatment from reaching those who need it. [WHO 2019] That’s the world stage, but on looking at our national figures the picture is not any brighter. With a stated population of 5 254 800 , of that number 1 751 600 Scots [1 in 3] will experience a Mental health problem during their lifetime. At any one time in Scotland 875 000 people [1 person in 6] deal mental health problems. The economic costs are substantial, in the period covering 2009-2010 they amounted to approximately £10.8 BILLION.
Mental health, just like Physical health is important at every stage of Life; from childhood through Adolescence into Adulthood. It affects How we think, what we think, How we feel and How we behave. It affects how we handle the day to day stresses we all face, how we handle all our relationships, and what kind of choices we make. Factors that can contribute to Mental Health problems include: Biological – your Genes and brain chemistry. Life experiences- Coming through Conflicts, abuse and trauma. And a Familial history of mental health problems. Positive mental health allows people to ;-realise their full potential, to cope with Life stressors in a beneficial way, to work productively and to contribute to their own communities in a meaningful manner. Evidence suggests that there are 5 steps that we can all use to improve our Mental wellbeing. CONNECT-Do not isolate yourself. Connect with people around you, and spend time developing Support systems. At Hwupenyu our mental health project ‘Talking together’ encourages users to come and connect with us Individually and/or in groups to discuss various themes and use Problem Solving therapy to help plan their individual solutions. BE ACTIVE-you do not need to power through gym circuits. Taking the dog or cat for a walk, doing some exercises from a chair, go for a swim or dancing around the sofa when no one is looking. Hwupenyu can’t do the activity for you but we can help you find something you will like and stick at. We can encourage you, and hopefully you can encourage others. KEEP LEARNING;- learning a new skill no matter what it is gives a sense of achievement and new confidence. Academic or fun we can help you find the right course or workshop. Hwupenyu also delivers informal workshops throughout the year on various health related subjects including Mental Health. GIVE TO OTHERS;- a smile, a compliment or a simple ‘Good Job’ can mean so much to someone, and cost nothing. Or why not volunteer within your community, helping your Mental health and building up a network while doing so. At Hwupenyu we are always happy to welcome new volunteers to help with various weekly and special events. BE MINDFUL;- When we get lost in our heads we miss a lot; How our body feels, how our favourite meal tastes, how our child laughing makes us feel. Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings and the World around you in the NOW. Enjoy the world in the NOW.
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