In 1992, the World Federation for Mental Health began observing the 10th of October as World Mental Health Day. In the years since it’s become one of the federation’s farthest-reaching and most impactful programs. World Mental Health Day was intended to bring more awareness and attention to mental illness and how it can affect the livelihood, relationships, stability, and quality of life of someone struggling with it. Mental health disorders and illnesses can lead to or be further exacerbated by a substance abuse disorder. Mental health treatment can be helpful for anyone struggling with both an addiction and a mental illness.
One of the most important factors to a good quality of life is properly managed mental health, and many experts agree that strong mental health can lead to strong physical health. At Oceanfront Recovery in Laguna Beach, we understand that treatment programs are not one-size-fits-all. Our client-focused approach caters directly to you, and we work closely with those in our care to ensure that they receive the best possible treatment for their specific needs. Our dual diagnosis program can simultaneously address a substance abuse disorder and the possible mental illnesses impacting it. For more information, call Oceanfront Recovery today at 877.296.7477 or visit us online.
Observing World Mental Health Day
The primary goal of World Mental Health Day is to raise mental health awareness and to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Caring for your mental health is just as vital to your well-being as caring for a physical ailment. It’s important to keep tabs on your mental well-being and emotions and address anything that may negatively impact you. Your mental health deserves to be a priority, and there are plenty of ways to observe World Mental Health Day by caring for yourself and those around you, such as:
- Set goals and manage your priorities. A great way to practice mental self-care is to set realistic goals and make sure your priorities are manageable and pragmatic. Ensure that you empower yourself to say “no” to new commitments that may stretch you too thin.
- Get enough sleep. Not enough can be said about the positive impact of sleep on your mental health when your mind is properly rested. Things that previously seemed impossible suddenly become much more manageable.
- Exercise your brain and body. Thirty minutes of light exercise a day can positively impact your mental health, and keeping your mind engaged can help too. Go for a walk, do some word puzzles, and take your time. If a specific activity is causing more stress than relief, switch to something else.
- Check-in. One of the best ways to observe World Mental Health Day is personal self-care, but the buck doesn’t stop there. Call or send a text to your friends and family members. Staying connected with those around you can be beneficial to the mental well-being of everyone involved.
Promoting Mental Health Awareness with Help from Oceanfront Recovery
One of the most important aspects of World Mental Health Day is mental health awareness. Too many people in today’s society still buckle under the stigma that seeking mental healthcare makes one soft or that having a mental illness is inherently a weakness or personal failing. Combatting those ideas is necessary, even if it’s only for yourself. Be proud and unapologetic of the steps you are taking to care for your mental well-being.
If your mental health could be improved by addressing a substance abuse disorder in combination with another mental illness, act now to care for yourself. Contact Oceanfront Recovery today by calling us at 877.296.7477 or visiting us online and ask about our dual diagnosis program.