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How you can take care of yourself and others on World Mental Health Day

It’s World Mental Health Day, here’s what you need to know

This year the main aim for World Mental Health Day is suicide prevention. According to World Health Organization, more than 800,000 die by suicide a year, making it the top cause of death among people fifteen to twenty-years old. While that stat only looks at younger people, mental illness doesn’t discriminate, touching the  lives of people in every corner of the society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, realty stars and athletes.

Signs your mental health is at risk

According to mental health charity Mind, here ar esome of the common warning signs to look out for:

1. Difficulty speaking
You may struggle to speak, think clearly or make decisions and feel down, upset or tearful.

It may also become difficult to remember certain things or to concentrate on simple tasks or jobs at work.

2. Bad relationship with food
You may have no appetite and be losing weight, or eating too much and gaining weight.

3. Avoiding social events
You might avoid social events and activities you usually enjoy and have no self-confidence or self-esteem.

You might find it difficult to talk about your depression and instead you might cut yourself off from other people.

The more overwhelming your symptoms, the more isolated and lonely you might become.

4. Poor sleeping patterns
You may be finding it difficult to sleep at night and are constantly plagued by anxious thoughts.

On the other hand, you may also be sleeping too much and never want to leave your bed.

This in turn may make you feel tired all the time.

5. Physical aches
You may have physical aches and pains with no obvious cause whatsoever.

Friends and family may notice you’re beginning to move very slowly, or becoming restless and agitated.

6. Addictive behaviour
You may start using more tobacco, alcohol or other drugs than usual.

7. Losing interest in sex
You may feel empty and numb and no longer feel as though you have a sex drive.

8. Self-harming or suicidal behaviour
If you are feeling low, you might use self-harming behaviours to cope with difficult feelings.

Although this might make you feel better in the short term, self-harm can be very dangerous and can make you feel a lot worse in the long term.

When you’re feeling really low and hopeless, you might find yourself thinking about suicide.

Whether you’re only thinking about the idea, or actually considering a plan to end your life, these thoughts can feel difficult to control and very frightening.

If you feel as though some of these warning signs apply to you, you should speak to a doctor immediately.

People tend to wait a long time to report their symptoms but they sooner the issue is reported the sooner people can begin to recover.

Here’s a list of international suicide hotlines. Please call if you feel the need to talk to someone. Don’t forget, you’re not alone.

“Gingers” Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran unite for World Mental Health Day

The dynamic pairing posted a video on Instagram on Thursday to call attention to World Mental Health Day. The clip has the singer visiting the royal at his abode.

“I’m really excited today. I’m going to go and film a thing with Prince Harry,” the Grammy winner said while getting a shave. “He contacted me about doing a charity video with him, which, you know, is going to be good. I’ve long admired him from afar.”

Once Ed arrived, the two got down to business. Ed then told the Duke of Sussex he was “quite passionate” about this cause.

They weren’t fighting the same cause. Funny but yet a very important PSA from Ed and Harry.

 

 

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Both Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran want to ensure that not just today but every day, you look after yourself, your friends and those around you. There’s no need to suffer in silence – share how you’re feeling, ask how someone is doing and listen for the answer. Be willing to ask for help when you need it and know that we are all in this together. #WMHD Check out the accounts below for more resources and support: @Heads_Together @Calmzone @MentalHealthFoundation @CharityNoPanic @SamaritansCharity @YoungMindsUK @GiveUsAShoutInsta @Childline_official @LetsTalkAboutMentalHealth @Jedfoundation @Pandas_UK @Charitysane @MindCharity @TimeToChangeCampaign @RethinkMentalIllness @MentalHealthMates @ActionHappiness @MHFAEngland @DitchTheLabel @TheBlurtFoundation

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