Stigma and discrimination can surround the topic of mental health. World Mental Health Day on the 10th October, is a chance to talk openly about how important it is to look after our mental health, and get help if you’re struggling.
Mental health is not something to be ashamed of or hidden; it is a fundamental human right. We can work together to create space for people to seek help without fear, judgement, or discrimination because everyone deserves access to the necessary support and care.
Things you can do this World Mental Health Day
There are many ways you can take proactive steps to support your own and other’s mental health.
- Break the stigma: Challenge stereotypes and promote open conversations about mental health.
- Self-care: Prioritise your own mental health. Practising self-care and seeking help when needed is a fundamental aspect of advocating for mental health rights.
- Talk about YOUR mental health: choose someone you trust to talk to. Think about the best place to talk. Prepare yourself for their reaction.
- Talk to someone about THEIR mental health. Find a good space to talk without distractions. Listen and ask questions. Ask how you can help.
The Printing Charity’s Helpline
World Mental Health Day is a great opportunity to shed light on valuable resources like our Helpline, which plays a crucial role in promoting mental health awareness and providing assistance for people in our sectors when they’re struggling.
We recognised the pressing need to provide free, confidential and independent support for mental health issues within the print community which is why we launched our 24/7 Helpline. It is a vital resource for anyone in our sector who may be facing mental health challenges, whenever it’s needed. It offers a safe, confidential space for individuals to discuss their concerns with BACP-accredited counsellors, access guidance, and receive information about available mental health services.
The helpline is an independent sounding board for managers facing challenges within their teams or personally, whether a specific issue or more general.
For Mental Health First Aiders
Equally, MHFA’s in businesses are a vital first line support for employees in crisis. The role is rewarding and valuable but can be challenging and distressing. The Helpline is there to support MHFAs as well as to guide them through options for those they are helping.
This World Mental Health Day, let’s remember that mental health is a human right. Our Helpline ensures that everyone in print, paper, packaging, publishing and graphics has access to the support and care they need. Together, we can create a more compassionate and inclusive society where mental health is not just a right but a reality.