Every year, the 10th of October provides us with the opportunity to raise awareness and reduce the stigma around mental health. Here, we round up the top stories from #WorldMentalHealthDay.
World Mental Health Day 2016: What to do if you think someone needs help
Feature article examining the issues raised by the latest Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. Women are more likely to experience a common mental health disorder and in a more severe way than men, the survey found. Over a quarter of women aged 18 – 24 had anxiety, depression, panic disorder, phobia or obsessive compulsive disorder. Also in this demographic, 12.6 per cent of women were diagnosed with PTSD.
James Corden, Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry lead celebrities supporting World Mental Health Day
Princes William and Harry and Princess Catherine showed their support for WMH Day. As did other celebrities who showed their backing for a new I Am Whole (#iamwhole) campaign lead by Rizzle Kicks musician Jordan Stephens in partnership with the YMCA and the NHS.
Sir Richard Branson admits he practices mindfulness as he shares tips for positive mental health
The newspaper also carried an article featuring Richard Branson’s mindfulness tips on the same day as Virgin Trains launches its new onboard entertainment channel, Beam. Beam shows films of UK landscapes and live footage of train routes shot from the driver’s cab, which are designed to help passengers be mindful.
Another World Mental Health Day, Another Report On Rising Children’s Worries, Another Reason To Think Differently
Blog post from Creative Director of The Worrinots, an app to help children communicate their fears, worries and anxieties. The blog makes the point that childrens’ mental health is an issue requiring “an ongoing, coordinated way of thinking that makes the best use of new approaches including technology”.
I was told to ‘cheer up’ while battling bulimia
In-depth feature on one young woman’s experience with bulimia. The story uses findings from a report from youth charity YMCA to illustrate the story. The report showed that more than one in three young people with mental health issues have suffered stigma. Kooth is mentioned at the bottom of the piece as somewhere to go to find help.
World Mental Health Day: Make asking for help no big deal, urge Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
The Royals urge everyone to talk more about mental health issues, speaking out at a reception organised by their Heads Together organisation, which recognised outstanding individuals who have helped friends, family or colleagues in need.
Imperial College, London
The College asked a few of its world-leading researchers in the Department of Medicine to pinpoint the most pertinent questions facing them in their work, and to share their views on the importance of World Mental Health Day.