Today is World Mental Health Day and the World Federation for Mental Health has chosen the theme ‘Mental Health for All’.
Mental health is a human right, and as the world has experienced the unprecedented impact of Covid-19, the mental health of millions of people around the world have been severely impacted an already existing dire mental health landscape. Unfortunately, many people around the world do not have access to mental health treatment and psychological support. The pandemic has also dramatically changed our relationships with others which have contributed to increased feelings of loneliness and isolation.
“World Mental Health Day isn’t simply a one-day event. We need to start now and continue our call to ensure that no-one is left behind. A great opportunity is provided to focus on the call for greater investment in mental health for all as we lead up to 10 October.” - Dr Ingrid Daniels, President of World Federation for Mental Health
Over the last week, Cheswold Park Hospital has taken the opportunity to reflect on mental health awareness through our Tea and Talk event on Friday 9th October. We encouraged patients and team members from around the hospital to come together (within social distancing guidelines) and discuss their mental health journey over a cuppa, and share ways we can all improve our mental health. We would like to thank everyone that helped organise and run the event for all your hard work to make the event a success.
In addition, throughout the hospital, we have encouraged people to discuss and share their favourite well-being books and apps that have helped them control and monitor their own mental health. Well-being books and apps are great inexpensive ways to work on our self-care from our fingertips on the go or in the comfort of your own home. We have chosen the top-rated books and apps that have been recommended by Cheswold Park team members that could help improve mental well-being and listed them below:
by Fearne Cotton
Buddhism For Busy People
by David Michie
Self-Care For The Real World
by Nadia Narain & Kitia Narain Phillips
Reason To Stay Alive
by Matt Haig
by Katie Kirby
The Recovery Letters
by James Withey & Olivia Sagan