This Saturday, 10 October, sees World Mental Health Day organised and marked by a wide range of activities around the globe.
The day aims to educate people on mental health and spread awareness on how this fatal illness can affect lives.
World Mental Health Day 2020 is the most important one yet. The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact and prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.
The mental health charity Mind has come up with a great idea to mark this year's event – 'Do one thing for better mental health'.
Making positive change can seem so hard, especially during uncertain times, and it can be hard to know where to start. Take the opportunity this World Mental Health Day to find out more about how you can start with one thing.'
Do one thing today
Whether it's going for a walk, learning a new skill or doing something creative, taking the first steps to getting support for yourself, or reaching out to someone else; take the opportunity to do one thing this World Mental Health Day
You can find some great resources to help you get started on the Mind website.
The HM home room
At Harper Macleod, we immediately acknowledged the impact that the pandemic could have on our colleagues and their families, as well as the wider communities in which we operate. That's why we set up the HM home room.
The family of Harper Macleod has always been extremely important to us, and never more so than during this health crisis.
We know this has been a testing time for many people and the HM home room has allowed us to bring together positive responses and ways to help us all cope better with the impact of the changes to 'normal' life. Developing a better balance to our work and life can benefit everyone and the home room encourages us to make the most of positive opportunities arising from difficult situations. Originally set up for our HM colleagues, we soon came to realise that the home room was a useful resource to our wider family of clients, contacts and stakeholders. Throughout the pandemic our aim has been to offer content which offers something for everyone, from yoga and healthy recipes to staycation ideas and tips for organising your home.
Wellbeing continues to be a key focus of our colleague engagement at Harper Macleod and following a successful Active September theme, our wellbeing focus for October is positive mental health.
Life in the Law study
We have also promoted the ground-breaking research study 'Life in the Law', which has been launched by LawCare, the legal mental health charity.
Elizabeth Rimmer CEO of LawCare said: “This is the biggest ever piece of academic research into wellbeing in the legal industry in the UK and Ireland and we hope it will give us a clear picture of how the culture and practice of law affects mental health. The results will help us to improve the support available to legal professionals and drive long lasting change in legal workplaces so that people working in the law can thrive. We would urge anyone working in the legal profession to take part.”
Major events marking World Mental Health Day
There are some big online events taking place as part of this year's World Mental Health Day:
United for Global Mental Health: The 24-hour March for Mental Health
On 9 October, people from around the world will be encouraged to participate in a virtual march. A 24-hour livestream will feature people with [lived]? experience, mental health leaders and influencers from the civil society groups already active in 19 countries through the Speak Your Mind campaign.
WHO: The Big Event for Mental Health
On World Mental Health Day, the World Health Organization will, for the first time ever, host a global online advocacy event on mental health. At this event - the Big Event for Mental Health - WHO will showcase the work that its staff are doing around the world to reduce mental illness and the harmful use of alcohol and drugs. World leaders and mental health experts will join the WHO Director-General to talk about their commitment to mental health and what more must be done. World-renowned musicians who have spoken out about the importance of mental health will talk about their motivation and perform. Sportsmen and women whose lives have been affected by mental ill health will share their experiences and how they have dealt with conditions such as depression and anxiety.