While not everyone is ready to discuss their emotions openly, considering their coping mechanisms can play a big role in their mental health. Coping mechanisms include keeping active, taking up hobbies, and if they’re comfortable, talking with people about their concerns. Equally important is to not choose coping mechanisms that are destructive, such as alcohol and drug abuse. Finally, don’t bottle it up and take on the ‘she’ll be right’ approach.
It’s important that we break away from the mental health stigma and start to think about, and place importance on, our own mental health.
There are many different services available which include resources on mental health, including the importance of understanding ourselves, as well as contacts where anyone can call to discuss their mental health. For many, it’s easy to talk about their own mental health, and for others it can take time, so it’s important to not place pressure on yourself until you’re ready.
October is Mental Health month – take time to think about your mental health and if you are in need of support the below may help:
You may also like to try Mentemia, a mental health app co-founded by All Black Sir John Kirwan. The app is designed to give you a boost to your everyday wellbeing. It’s like your personal mental wellbeing coach and contains simple, bite sized tools and techniques to deal with common stressors we all face. Find out more.