Greater need for World Mental Health Day in 2020
With all that’s going on in our world, nation and local communities, our mental health and wellbeing is being tested.
A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll conducted in July found 53% of adults in the US reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus. While all generations are impacted, our own member survey from April found that a higher proportion of millennials said that their mental and physical health (e.g., anxiety, employer connectedness, sleep, diet, exercise) have suffered more so than usual relative to their Generation X and baby boomer colleagues.
While World Mental Health Day is observed annually on October 10 to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support, the happenings in 2020 have created even greater need.
The goal of this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign is increased investment in mental health, providing an opportunity for all stakeholders to talk about their work and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
At Vitality, we’re working to do our part by ensuring our employer clients have access to the most innovative and impactful platform and programs to help keep their people physically and mentally healthy, productive and connected.
To help our members strengthen their mental health, here are a few recommendations and available resources:
- Consider the impact that diet, exercise and sleep have on your overall health and wellness.
- Explore our mental and behavioral health learning center and take advantage of a number of resources including access to online therapy services BetterHelp and Talkspace.
- Set a master your mindset goal.
- Read our blog posts including Moving forward with strength, We all play a role in suicide prevention, Owning your feelings and Apps to strengthen your mental health.
This World Mental Health Day, we encourage you to take some time for self-care to thoughtfully consider how you are feeling, take advantage of available resources, and consider how you may be able to help others to do the same.