Monday 6 April, 2020

Loop partners with Centred Ja for Mental Health Awareness

World Mental Health Awareness Day is dedicated to mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. Mental health is much more than a diagnosis, it's your overall psychological well-being which includes your emotional and social status. It affects how you think, feel, and act and also helps determine how you handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

According to John Hopkins Medicine, many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time and women are nearly twice more likely to suffer from major depression than men. 

This year’s theme for World Mental Health Awareness Day is ‘40 Seconds of Action’, as every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide. October 10th is a day for us to unite in our efforts to improve the mental health of people around the world and also to ensure that you too are in good mental shape. In case you don’t know where to start, here are 10 ways to ensure that you keep and maintain good mental shape:

1. Take care of your body - Be sure to eat nutritious meals, drink plenty of water, exercise and get enough sleep. 

2. Tell yourself something positive - Positive affirmations go a long way in helping to improve one’s self-esteem.

3. Do More of What Makes You Happy - If you like playing football, just do it. Enjoy dominoes? Give 6 loves 60 times if you must! Whatever it is in life that makes you happy — as long as it doesn’t have consequences detrimental to your health — commit to doing it more often.

4. Surround yourself with good people - People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. 

5. Check-in with yourself and communicate more – Whether introspectively by actually naming your feelings and think about the triggers then finding a love/trusted individual to talk to about them.

6. Learn about mindfulness meditation - Mindfulness is a form of meditation that allows you to focus on (and even control, in some instances) your thoughts. It can be done anywhere, at any time. The goal of mindfulness meditation is to be more present instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

7. Keep A Diary – Sometimes the simple process of writing out your feelings and reactions to life’s events can crystallize issues you didn’t consciously recognize.

8. Eliminate Bad Habits - Smoking cigarettes? What about consuming alcohol? If you are, stop. Short-term pleasure they are, maybe, but they do serious damage to your overall mental health. Excessive drinking can actually boost stress and may lead to depression, and smoking can increase tension.

9. Set realistic goals - Decide what you want to achieve academically, professionally and personally, and write down the steps you need to realize your goals. Aim high, but be realistic and don't over-schedule. You'll enjoy a tremendous sense of accomplishment and self-worth as you progress toward your goal. 

10. Don’t be afraid to ask for help - Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. If you find yourself in a rift, having conflicted, suicidal or thoughts of self-harm, reach out and ask for professional help. 

We all have those tough days where everything that can go wrong, does exactly that. Using our 40 seconds of action, saving a life is at the forefront of our thoughts. If you or a loved one is having a tough time of late or been having suicidal thoughts, excessive mood swings or may be at risk for a mental breakdown, visit


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