Today is World Mental Health Day, an annual event organised by the Mental Health Foundation to raise awareness of various mental health issues.
Raising awareness around mental disorders is important, particularly to sufferers like Hannah, who has been helped by charity Bipolar UK: “For me, accepting and understanding it is an integral part of living with bipolar”.
This year’s event focuses on mental health in older adults, a group thought to be particularly at risk of mental health disorders due to a change in lifestyle, which can leave many people feeling isolated. This is turn can trigger disorders such as depression and dementia; depression affects 1 in 5 older people.
As well as raising money through their Tea & Talk events, the Mental Health Foundation uses World Mental Health Day to educate people about avoiding mental health disorders.
Toby Williamson, of the Mental Health Foundation explains: “Prioritising physical health, positive social relationships and treating older people with respect are all protective factors for good mental health.”
But it’s not just older people who are at risk of mental health disorders; 1 in 4 British adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year, and illnesses such as bipolar disorder are more likely to start in people aged under 40, meaning that maintaining good relationships and looking after our physical health are important at any age.
Find out more about World Mental Health Day at mentalhealth.org.uk.