The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10th October every year.
This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is psychological first aid and the support people can provide to those in distress.
The impact of traumatic events on mental health
Around 1 in 3 adults in England report having experienced at least one traumatic event.
Traumatic events can be defined as experiences that put either a person or someone close to them at risk of serious harm or death. These can include:
What happens when you experience a traumatic event?
When you experience a traumatic event, your body’s defences take effect and create a stress response, which may make you feel a variety of physical symptoms, behave differently and experience more intense emotions.
This fight or flight response, where your body produces chemicals which prepare your body for an emergency can lead to symptoms such as:
raised blood pressure
increased heart rate
reduced stomach activity (loss of appetite).
for more information visit The Mental Health Foundation website