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World Mental Health Day 2022

It can be difficult to talk about mental health. If you are experiencing a low point, you may feel alone or like no one will understand what you are going through.

Many people in the UK will struggle with their mental health at one point or another in their lives. This can be for many reasons, is completely normal and is never your fault. With the current cost of living crisis increasing the stresses of everyday life, it is completely understandable to feel overwhelmed or anxious.

October 10th is World Mental Health Day. It is so important to take care of your own mental health, as well as being mindful of the mental wellbeing of others. The seven main components that can help us look after our mental health are:

  • Stress relief
  • Nutritional diet
  • Being well rested
  • Exercise
  • Social interactions
  • Kindness
  • Spirituality

Incorporating all the above factors into our lives can have a hugely positive impact on our mental state and emotional well-being.

What is World Mental Health Day?

World Mental Health Day is on October 10th every year and aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and the importance of good mental health support. Caring for our minds is just as important as caring for our bodies.

Every week in England around 1 in 6 people will report experiencing a common mental health issue, such as anxiety or depression.* With these numbers being so high, it makes mental health awareness even more important.

Understanding and compassion when interacting with others is key, as people you know may be struggling even if they have not made you aware of this.

There are many conditions that can affect our mental and emotional health including but not limited to:

World Mental Health Day activities

There are many ways you can get involved in World Mental Health Day, whether this a big gesture or something more simple.

World Mental Health Day is a good time to remember to check in with your friends and family. It is a good idea to have conversations with your loved ones, to ensure they know you are there to offer support if it is ever needed.

Even if someone seems fine, they may be having a hard time and be grateful to you for checking in. Something as basic as a phone call or going for a walk or a coffee could really make a big difference.

If you have been struggling or have struggled in the past, you may take this day as a great opportunity to open up about your own experiences. You will most likely find many people have been in the exact same position as you and want to help support you as best they can.

World Mental Health Day resources

There are a lot of great resources available for anyone who is feeling that they may need support with their mental health.

Charities who offer extensive mental health support services include:

  • Samaritans
  • Mind
  • YoungHealth
  • Mental Health UK
  • Every Mind Matters (NHS)

All these services offer various ways of helping you through any mental health concerns. This can even be something simple such as a phone call or text conversation with someone who understands what you are going through.

You should also be able to access services such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions, counselling or medication through the NHS or private medical centres. There are several NHS services dedicated solely to mental and emotional well-being.

You can usually access these services by speaking to a GP for a referral. If you do not feel comfortable discussing your feelings multiple people, you can self-refer for therapy services through the NHS website in some areas of the UK.  

The services you can access may vary depending on the area you live in, but there will always be some form of support available if needed.

Mental health life insurance

Here at iam|INSURED, we are extremely proud to be the UK’s top rated specialists in life insurance for those with mental health issues and other pre-existing medical conditions. This includes products like traditional life cover, income protection and critical illness cover.

Our team appreciates it can be hard to discuss your mental health and medical history with someone you don’t know. This means we do our absolute best to make the experience of applying for life cover as easy, stress free and simple as possible.

Any previous issues with your mental health and wellbeing should not prevent you from taking out the cover you need to protect yourself and your family. If worried your mental health may affect your life insurance application, speak to one of our experts.

We have a wealth of experience in helping people across the UK find great life insurance policies no matter their medical history. With a wide range of great insurance companies on our panel of partners, we will make sure to find you the right policy at a price to suit you.

To learn more about how to find great cover with mental health conditions, speak to one of our EXPERTS or CLICK HERE for more information.

*according to Mind

Useful resources

Below we have linked some useful resources for anyone who may be struggling with their mental health:

NHS – Mental health services

Mind – Seeking help for a mental health problem

Mental Health Foundation – Get help

Samaritans – How we can help

NHS – Find an NHS psychological therapies service (IAPT)

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