It’s World Mental Health Day

It’s World Mental Health Day

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Today marks World Mental Health Day, let’s take a look at some facts:

1 in 4 adults experience a mental illness

In England, 1 in 4 adults experience a mental illness. This is staggering because mental health influences cognition, perception and behaviour. These in turn affect how an individual handles stress, interpersonal relationships and decision-making.

1 in 8 adults receive any kind of treatment

According to Mind, approximately only 1 in 8 adults with mental health problems receive any kind of treatment. The most common treatment offered is psychiatric medication.

The most common mental illness diagnoses are:

  • Mixed anxiety and depression:
    WHO’s definition is when symptoms of anxiety and depression are both present, but neither are clearly predominant.
  • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD):
    This is where the person is anxious most of the time, symptoms vary from person to person but include a constant worrying, a sense of dread and difficulty maintaining focus.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD):
    This is a mental health condition caused by a traumatic experience. Symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, feeling very anxious and difficulty sleeping.

How can we help raise awareness of mental health issues?

  • Social media – sharing this blog post goes further than you think!
  • Mention to friends and colleagues – openly discussing the topic helps raise awareness.
  • Discover more information – perhaps you’d like to learn more and become an advocate?

Inspired to learn more?

NCC deliver accredited Mental Health Courses, Psychology and Counselling courses online.

This would include the online self-paced course materials, expert tutoring and certification in the end.

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Nick Cooper
Nick is NCC's resident blog author and covers a range of subjects, including teaching and health & social care. NCC is an international learning provider with over 20 years’ experience offering learning solutions. To date, NCC has engaged with over 20,000 employers, and delivered quality training to over half a million learners.
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