The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on October 10th every year. It is used as a time for many organisations and charities to take a moment and consider how they can improve the mental health of their communities. The theme of 2022's World Mental Health Day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is 'Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority'.
The past three years have seen a huge spike in the number of people accessing mental wellbeing tools and services. The stress of the pandemic, alongside other factors, has left many with trauma or other conditions that they need medical help to process. In 2019, an estimated one in eight people globally were living with a mental disorder. At the same time, the services, skills and funding available for mental health remain in short supply, and fall far below what is needed, especially in low and middle income countries.
As medical professionals and trainees, you may find yourself under immense pressure and stress. It is vital, therefore, that you look after your own mental wellbeing. This will impact not only your own experience, but that of your practice. Even if you do not have a diagnosed mental health condition, taking time to do the things you enjoy and check-in with yourself are great ways to ensure good mental wellbeing throughout your career and beyond. You could even use October 10th to check in with friends or family and see how they are doing which will have benefits for both you and them.
The business of planning an elective can also be a huge stress and remember we have a huge range of resources to help reduce the pressure before, during, and after your elective. TEN are always here should you need advice, and you can drop us a message on social media or at email@example.com.