Today is World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme is suicide prevention.
Every year close to 800,000 people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families and communities and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and was the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds globally in 2016.
Who is at risk?
There is a strong link between suicide and mental health, but suicide can also happen impulsively in moments of crisis with a breakdown in the ability to deal with life stresses such as financial problems, relationship break-up or chronic pain and illness.
Suicide rates are also high amongst vulnerable groups who experience discrimination, such as refugees and migrants; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) persons and homeless people.
By far the strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt.
This year it seems Mental Health awareness has increased hugely even since 4-5 years ago and we should pat ourselves on the back for spreading the word and reducing the stigma, so that more and more people are talking about mental health.
This year’s theme is Body Image – ‘Body image’ is a term that can be used to describe how we think and feel about our bodies. Our thoughts and feelings about our bodies can impact us throughout our lives, affecting, more generally, the way we feel about ourselves and our mental health and well-being.’
For more information click HERE to go to the Mental Health Foundation Website.
Michelle Obama recently raised the issue about ‘Imposter Syndrome’, a term used to describe feeling a fraud, insecure and/or self-doubt. She has spoken about her life experiences of a lack of insecurity despite the success and status she has achieved. Calling it a syndrome is to down play how universal it is. Whilst a lot of emphasis has been placed on this being a ‘female’ issue, men also experience the same struggle in feeling a fraud, as people of all ages, gender, ethnicity and occupations can be affected. Imposterism is n’t about a lack of confidence, and it’s not necessarily linked to depression or anxiety, so where does it come from and why do people feel like this?
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Anxiety is multi-faceted, involving both hormonal and metabolic imbalances. But here are some changes you can make to your diet to ease your symptoms and help you feel more in control. (They however do not replace professional help, they only play part of the role).
* Skip the Alcohol – in the short term it can make you feel calm, but once the effect wears off it will only disturb your blood sugar and you’re more likely to worsen your anxiety symptoms.
* Reduce any caffeine – caffeine can increase nervousness and contribute to panic attacks – its the same with fizzy drinks, and some sports supplements too.
* Increase your protein – amino acids are the building blocks of neurotransmitters and are high in protein foods. So a diet low in amino acids could increase your symptoms.
* Increase your magnesium – magnesium deficiency has been linked to anxiety disorders, so try nuts, seeds, and spinach.
* Add Selenium – research suggests selenium can improve mood and reduce anxiety. Try salmon, sardines, Brazil nuts.
* Replace one cup of tea each day with a herbal drink, such as chamomile or lemon balm.
* Choose oily fish – now how many times have we heard this? If you’re vegan or vegetarian, choose walnuts, pumpkin seeds and tofu.
* Use mindfulness as you eat – noticing what you eat and really tasting it usually means eating slower. This can have a positive impact on our breathing, our digestion and our mood, both in the moment and in the longer term.