This World Mental Health Day 2020 is said to be the most important one yet. As the world is experiencing the unprecedented impact of the global pandemic – it has also impacted on the mental health of millions. We know that the levels of anxiety, isolation, social distancing and restrictions, and uncertainty experienced have become widespread. Prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now, that’s why this year we want to bring everyone together to mark the day by each doing one thing for better mental health.
It can seem hard to make a positive change, especially during uncertain times. And sometimes, it can be hard to know where to start. Take the opportunity this World Mental Health Day to find out more about how you can start with one thing.
What are mental health problems?
Our mental health is just like our physical health, everybody has it and we need to take care of it. Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders and addictive behaviors, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia, eating disorders and bipolar disorder.
Watch this animation from Mental Health Charity, Mind explains what mental health problems are and how they can affect us.
How do I support someone who may have Mental Health problems?
When you are aware there is an issue it’s important not to wait and hold off not speaking with them. By waiting and hoping they will come to you for help could lose valuable time in getting them the support they need. Talking to someone is the first step to take when you know they are going through a hard time. This way you can find out what is troubling them and what you can do to help.
MentalHealth.org suggests “let them lead the discussion at their own pace. Don’t put pressure on them to tell you anything they aren’t ready to talk about. Talking can take a lot of trust and courage. You might be the first person they have been able to talk to about this.”
Tea & Talk.
We want to encourage you to participate in Tea & Talk, and have a virtual cup of tea with friends, family and colleagues. You can ask each person to donate £2 or £3 each or whatever they can afford to the cause. Simply sign up online through the Tea & Talk link and start fundraising or simply make a donation.
Whether you’re hosting an Afternoon Tea or planning on sending a Birchall Care Package to someone we recommend using our new Birchall Afternoon Tea Collection. It includes our afternoon tea classics, Virunga Afternoon Tea, Virunga Earl Grey and Darjeeling (Prism Tea Bags).
What else can I include in my Birchall Care Package?
- Our elegant Birchall Tea English Mug which has been handcrafted in Stoke-on-Trent.
- If caffeine is not for them, check out Birchall’s Fruit & Herbal Infusion Teas and Great Rift Decaf. Ideal if the person you’re sending your package to is not sleeping well – Chamomile tea is a proven sleep aid and may be a good addition.
- Consider adding the 6 best calming teas:
- Peppermint tea
- Camomile (also known as Chamomile)
- Lemongrass & Ginger tea
- Green Tea
- Redberry & Flower
- The Birchall KeepCup is a great way to encourage someone to get out of the house with a warm cup of tea. In-fact we were delighted to hear that in Scotland GP’s now offer “nature prescriptions” to patients to help treat mental illness, diabetes, heart disease, stress and other conditions.” Getting outdoors and into nature if you’re feeling ‘stuck’ at home has never been more important.
- The Birchall tea towel featuring our Birchall landscape and ‘Perfection to a Tea’ motif.
- The Birchall UNITEA One Touch Teapot – a thoughtful gift if you want to introduce loose leaf teas to someone who may not be able to get to their favourite cafe during the pandemic.
Once you’ve sent your Birchall Care Package and surprised that special someone, set a date and time with them for a virtual Tea & Talk!
Image from Cassie Boca