Mental & Physical Health Campaign
SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) is pleased to announce that the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is Connect, because we are stronger when we pull together. Loneliness and social isolation have many negative physical and mental health effects, and the recent publication report for mental health in Scotland has shown that Scott’s aren’t doing well at connecting with each other. SAMH will promote mental health and well- being within the community and corporate life.
The Foundation has called for:
An increased understanding of the connections between physical health and mental health, and that improved mental health reduces the risk of illness and diseases. Mental health should become an integral part of public health agenda, nationally and locally, and for proper investment in public mental health regular physical health checks and accessible physical health care for people with severe mental illness. Young people who are experiencing mental health problems are increasingly turning to the internet and social media for support, instead of parents or healthcare professionals.
Throughout Mental Health Awareness Week SAMH will be encouraging Scott’s
to do lots of easy, straightforward and doable things to connect meaningfully with others.
Many people feel that they are too busy to add yet more to their calendars, but wellbeing can be significantly boosted simply by doing little things such as making one personal phone call a day, reading a child a story, or walking the dog with friends
Connecting is one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing along with Give, Be Active, Keep Learning and Take Notice.
The posters for SAMH will contain lots of ideas for people to connect with each other. They feature suggestions for connecting such as going to the park, organising a shared lunch, being friendly to shop assistants, and smiling at the people you pass on the street.
The connection between physical health and mental health:
Poor physical health can cause poor mental health and vice versa. When we look at our health we should look at the whole subject of ‘mind, body and spirit’ in which all elements are connected and in which each feature affects the other.