By Katie Haremski, Features Editor—

Millions of people young and old, children and college students face mental illness daily. On Wednesday, October 10th, people around the world will acknowledge World Mental Health Day.

World Mental Health Day is not only a day that people can recognize and celebrate positive ways to practice mental health, but a day to spotlight the importance of education and awareness of positive care for one’s mentality.

According to the World Health Organization, “One in four people will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.”

In my Suicide Prevention Month piece, I touched on how isolating mental illness can feel. Somethings that I have found helpful in how I personally practice positive mental health is:

  • Verbalizing how I am feeling to someone I trust.
  • Eating healthy. I love to cook and I have really loved using the Chrissy Teigen cookbook. (Seriously- Check it out).
  • Taking time to be by myself. Often times I’ll go on a walk, run, or even go grab a coffee.
  • Driving around and listening to music. Windows down, of course.

Mental health is to be seen as an encouragement to practice positive self-care . UTC students have several resources that they can utilize to do so such as:

  • UTC’s Counseling Program has FREE services for students
  • The Arch. Exercise is a great way to get serotonin following.
  • Clubs, Organizations and Religious Groups.

World Mental Health Day is a great day to start deep conversations about self love, recognition and care. It’s often times very hard to put yourself first, but when it comes to mental health, it’s so important to be able to recognize when you need to help yourself.

For more information on mental health, check out UTC’s Counsel Services.

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