5 Vital Reasons Why Mental Health Awareness Should Be Prioritised

5 Vital Reasons Why Mental Health Awareness Should Be Prioritised

In a world that often prioritises physical health, it's high time we shift our focus to the mind. Mental health awareness is not just an option; it's an urgent necessity. With 1 in 5 people globally struggling with their mental health, the statistics speak for themselves. It's time to break the stigma surrounding mental health and recognise its significance in our lives. From improving productivity and fostering empathy to preventing tragedies, increased awareness of mental health can help society work towards eliminating their stigmas, but it can also help in the following ways:

  • Help understanding the signs and symptoms:young woman crying and holding a piece of paper

    Understanding the signs and symptoms of mental health is crucial for your overall well-being. This knowledge not only allows you to recognise your own support needs but also empowers you to extend a helping hand to others who may be struggling. Recognising these signs and symptoms can help prevent potentially harmful situations from escalating, presenting an opportunity for early intervention and support. It's important to remember that mental health is not always visible on the surface; it may present itself through subtle changes in behaviour or mood. These changes may be indicative of underlying issues. By educating yourself about these signs, you become more equipped to identify red flags and offer timely assistance when it's needed most.


    • Reducing stigma and increasing awareness:


    Stigma surrounding mental health issues prevents people in need from seeking the help they need, perpetuates stereotypes, and promotes discrimination. Therefore, it is essential that we actively work towards breaking down these barriers and creating an environment that encourages open dialogue about mental health. 

    By reinforcing awareness around mental health at a young age through education, access to support services, parental involvement, and continuous teacher training, we lay a strong foundation for empathy and understanding among future generations. This approach not only benefits those directly affected by mental health conditions but also contributes to creating a society that values emotional well-being as an integral part of overall wellbeing.

    • Improving relationships:

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    Being aware of mental health issues enables you to recognise when you may need to set healthy boundaries in your relationships. By acknowledging the impact that your mental health has on -both- yourself and others, you can avoid taking their actions or words personally. This awareness empowers you to respond with patience and resilience instead of reacting impulsively or becoming defensive. When you feel safe expressing your emotions without fear of judgement or rejection, it deepens connections and strengthens the bond between partners, friends, or family members. Through these open conversations about mental health experiences, you gain insight into each other's perspectives and learn how best to provide support when needed.


    • Enhancing physical health:

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    Mental health awareness can enhance physical health by reducing stress levels. Chronic stress not only takes a toll on your mental well-being but also on your body. By practising strategies to cope with stress—such as mindfulness, meditation, or engaging in hobbies—we can lower cortisol levels and improve the functioning of our immune system.

    Here at The Haven Hub we offer a diverse selection of courses and programs. Among these is Decider Skills, which is part of the Body mind Boost,  created to empower you in managing your emotions, handling distress effectively, enhancing your overall well-being through adaptive coping mechanisms and life skills, minimising the risk of self-harm, and fostering self-assurance. Decider Skills are a set of 32 techniques and this is a rolling class and can be joined at any time as the skills can be taught in any order. Click here below to enrol and join the next class.


    • Promoting overall well-being:

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    One way to promote mental well-being is by practising self-care regularly. This can include setting boundaries, finding a new hobby, engaging in activities that bring joy, and taking time for introspection. Additionally, seeking professional help when needed is crucial. Just as we visit doctors for physical illnesses, it is equally important to consult therapists or counsellors for any psychological concerns.

    In conclusion, by making mental health a priority, we are sending a powerful message that everyone's well-being matters. It is time to take action and prioritise mental health awareness for the betterment of our society as a whole.

    If you’re looking to learn more about Mental Health, The Haven Hub offers a wide range of courses and programs. One of these courses is The Decider Skills, which teaches 32 techniques to manage emotions, handle distress, improve wellbeing, and gain confidence. You can contact us at courses@havenhub.ie
    to learn more about it. 


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