World Mental Health Day 2020: Quotes, theme and how to get involved

World Mental Health Day 2020: Quotes, theme and how to get involved

  • Updated: 10 Oct 2020, 14:39

WORLD Mental Health Day 2020 "is the most important one yet" as months of coronavirus lockdown and loss "have had a huge impact on us all", says a charity.

England Men's manager Gareth Southgate and several internationals are among those showing their support for World Mental Health Day.

4England manager Gareth Southgate is among those showing their support for World Mental Health Day Credit: Getty – Contributor
What is World Mental Health Day?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises World Mental Health Day on October 10 every year.

WHO said the day "comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic."

England Men's manager Gareth Southgate and internationals Declan Rice, Fikayo Tomori, Harry Winks, Mason Mount and Tyrone Mings have shown their support for World Mental Health Day 2020.

In a video, the men urge fans to invest in more than the usual pleasantries with loved ones, urging them to "be there for your mates – even when you can't be with them".

Following last season's Heads Up campaign, they speak about the importance of the support of teammates and the value of an honest and open conversation about mental health.

David Beckham has previously opened up to Prince William about his own mental health struggles
What is the theme this year?

The theme for 2020, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is "mental health for all".

The goal of this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign is increased investment in mental health.

Mind, the mental health charity in England and Wales, says that "prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.

"World Mental Health Day 2020 is the most important one yet. The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on us all."

According to Mind's research, based on 16,000 people, "we know that more than half of adults (60%) and over two-thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown".

4The Duke of Cambridge has spoken to football stars, including David Beckham, as part of his long-running Head's Up campaignCredit: AFP
World Mental Health Day quotes

Prince William: “There still are so many people who are suffering in silence.

"And there’s still this stigma attached to mental health which we’ve got to completely obliterate."

Michelle Obama: “Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there should be no distinction.

“It’s time to tell everyone who’s dealing with a mental health issue that they’re not alone, and that getting support and treatment isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength."

New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern: “This is something that affects everyone, because either you have someone in your family who may be affected, a friend, or you yourself.”

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson: “Regardless of who you are or what you do for a living or where you come from, it doesn’t discriminate, we all kind of go through it.”

4Glenn Haughton, who served in the Armed Forces for over 30 years, has worked to improve mental health awareness
How can I get involved?

"Mental health is a human right – it’s time that mental health is available for all," says the World Federation for Mental Health.

For World Mental Health Day 2020, Mind has been encouraging everyone to do one thing for better mental health.

Our mental health is just like our physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it, the charity adds.

We all need to take care of our mental health and wellbeing whether we have a mental health problem or not.

Mental wellbeing describes how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life.

It can change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year.

Mind's tips for improving your mental wellbeing include:

  • Relax and reduce stress – If you're feeling overwhelmed by a stressful situation, try to take a break. A change of scene can help you to relax and relieve feelings of anxiety, even just for a few minutes.
  • Find ways to learn and be creative – You could try doing something like drawing, playing a musical instrument or baking. Try not to worry about the finished product. Just focus on enjoying yourself.
  • Spend time in nature – Spending time in nature outdoors can help improve your mood and reduce feelings of stress and anger.
  • Connect with others – Opening up to a trusted friend or family member can help you feel listened to and supported. Alternatively, you could try obtaining peer support, or you could volunteer to meet people and boost your self-esteem.
  • Look after your physical health.
  • Try to get enough sleep.

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