RICHMOND, Virginia (WWBT) – October 10th marks World Mental Health Day, which the World Health Organization is seeing as a time to raise awareness of mental health issues and discuss what needs to be done to provide mental health care to all .
The day also reminds Jasmine McLaughlin, a licensed clinical social worker and founder of Empowered to Thrive Counseling and Wellness, of the importance of mental health.
“It’s only one day to realize the importance of genuinely taking care of our spiritual well-being,” she said.
McLaughlin says mental health has also become the focus of conversation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The rates of depression, anxiety, drug use and the like, stress have increased so much during the pandemic,” said McLaughlin.
On Sunday, the World Health Organization spoke on social media about the virus’ effects on mental health.
According to the WHO, almost a billion people worldwide suffer from a mental disorder.
To make your own grooming a priority, McLaughlin’s first piece of advice is to see how your daily activities affect you.
“Sometimes we say yes to things so quickly and agree to certain opportunities because they sound great, but we really need to think about how that affects my emotional well-being,” she said.
McLaughlin also recommends that you take your time off your phone and computer.
“It’s great to use to connect with people, but it can also be a way for us to be awash in negativity,” she said. “Often the first thing we do in the morning is pick up our phone. So think about these habits and how they affect our mental health.”
Tips that coincide with McLaughlin’s biggest takeaway for those in trouble.
“It is absolutely fine to ask for help,” she said. “We all have stress to deal with and it’s okay to get a professional or get professional help and talk to someone about these things.”
More information on Empowered to Thrive Counseling and Wellness can be found here.
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