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REAL LIFE - REACH & RECOVER #2: World Mental Health Day 2020

Last updated: 9.40am, Wednesday 21st October 2020 by

Today is World Mental Health Day, Saturday 10th of October. The World Health Organisation, in collaboration with United for Global Mental Health and the World Federation for Mental Health, is encouraging people from all countries to support a global movement calling for greater investment in mental health.

This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is 'mental health for all'. Dr Ingrid Daniels, President: World Federation for Mental Health, said:

"Together we are stronger and together we can make a big difference all over the world. World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness in the global community about the critical mental health agendas – with a unifying voice through collaboration with various partners – to take action and to create lasting change through the messages we promote". [Source]

On the theme ‘mental health for all’ and to show our support for the ones we love who maybe be struggling, The Reinvention Team and Angela are sending a big hug to you all.

A hug or a catch up over a cup of tea, making some quality time just for our loved ones can all help to support everyone's mental health and show our support for the ones we love too.

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A moment to express our worries and concerns with someone we trust can help to alleviate stress, anxiety and depression and boost ourselves towards a healthier lifestyle.

It took time for me to open up to someone I trusted about how I was feeling about being involved in a road traffic incident. During that time, in the early stages of recovery while in hospital, I felt scared to share about how I was truly feeling.

During that time, I was scared, unsure and my heart was broken at my injuries, as well as what caused the road incident.

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I thought if I spoke about it, I would feel worse. Yet, as time went on, I knew in my heart I had to share and talk about how I was feeling. So, I took small steps forward and began sharing and the more I shared, the stronger I felt. I was no longer carrying around this big bag of worry. I was now seeking answers to get better.

This supported my journey of reinvention. Here angela speaks about how she was able to deal with the grief and trauma of the injuries and how was able overcome some serious life changing circumstances and the following consequences on her Mental Health...

The biggest lesson I have learned is sharing how we really feel - the good, the bad and the indifferent. This act of sharing is the biggest act of self-care we can give to ourselves.

Reaching out to loved ones who may be struggling can make all the difference. You can do this with a text, a call, face-time or even a home-made card can be a beautiful way of letting someone you are thinking of them.

The simple act of reaching out to others on World Health Mental Day can not only help your friends, family, work colleagues, but it can also help you too.

Sharing is caring. We are in this together.

Love Angela

CEO & CO Founder of The Reinvention

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Below are a couple of infographics which Angela has created. These are some advice around mental health self-care which she found helpful during here Triumph Over Injury Journey...

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