This year, perhaps more than ever, mental health and wellness is high on the agenda for most people. The havoc created by the Covid-19 pandemic has been far reaching, disrupting the way we all live and bringing many challenges to people and communities across the world. The resulting mental health impact is yet to be fully experienced, but we all need to be aware and be prepared.
We also must not forget the underlying mental health crisis that was looming before Covid. This is very close to us at Troo - my dad has had a really difficult year with psychosis, anxiety and depression; leading to him spending 6 weeks in a mental health unit at the start of the Covid outbreak. He is still suffering, it is so tough. Emma, our marketing guru, is training to be a councillor and volunteers every week helping people talk through their issues. Our personal experiences make today all the more important.
This year, for the first time ever, the World Health Organization will host a global online advocacy event on mental health. At this event — the Big Event for Mental Health — world leaders, mental health experts and celebrity guests will join WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to tell the world what we can all do to improve our mental health and how we can help make sure that quality mental health care is available to everyone who needs it.
This year they are recommending virtual events, when you organise a tea and talk with friends where they can join in from the comfort of their own homes with their favourite cuppa in their favourite cups. Taking the time to talk is really important, even if you don't hold a special event. Have a think about someone you know who might appreciate a few kind words and give them a call.
Our biggest tip for World Mental Health Day is to take some time doing something positive and really recognise it; feel the benefits that it brings.
This morning we went for an early morning, family walk with our new puppy Rory. I spent a few moments taking in some deep breaths, feeling the sun on my back, hearing the waves crashing and enjoying the moment of togetherness that our latest family member has brought. This is mindfulness; this is mental wellbeing.