Mental health is more than the absence of illness. Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. - WHO
1. Encourage colleagues to think about their mental health
Mental health is not just something for young people to worry about. It's something we should all work on, as part of a healthy lifestyle.
For a simple way to prompt yourself and colleagues to think about mental health, put up a poster.
2. Brush up on your mental health knowledge
To be able to recognise signs and symptoms of emerging mental health difficulties in young people, and to be able to respond adequately, it's important to understand different aspects of mental health, and the resources available.
Take a little time today to browse the Understanding mental health section of ReachOut.com Professionals, and the resources and services available for different mental health situations young people may experience.
3. Share mental health tips via your service social media pages
If you or your organisation have social media accounts, encourage followers to think about mental health by sharing tips and content about mental health this month.
4. Work with young people on mental health
Young people may not think about their mental health as a priority, often concerned with more physical issues affecting their lives that seem more immediate. However, having good coping skills, problem solving skills and other resilience factors will help them to tackle these and other challenges, and prevent mental health difficulties from worsening.