Conversations about mental health are starting. Many people are aware that, at times, we all need a bit of support in this area. And while it’s a bigger problem for some people, obviously, it’s not really that big a problem on the whole. Right?
What do you think is the leading cause of living years with a disability?
Cardiovascular disease? Maybe cancer? Actually, maybe respiratory diseases? Or, perhaps diabetes?
A study by the Global Burden of Disease indicated that the leading cause of living years with a disability was due to mental disorders.
And according to the World Economic Forum, mental health disorders estimated global economic burden is greater than the combined cost of the top four non-communicable diseases-cardiovascular disease, cancers, respiratory diseases and diabetes.
Greater than the combined cost of the top four non-communicable diseases.
Let it sink in for a minute.
That’s quite a big cost.
And yet there are small, relatively cheap steps that we can take each day to help improve our mental health. Just starting to talk about aspects of work or home life that are concerning for you is a good first step, even if this is a conversation with a trusted friend. If it is a work-related issue, find out the appropriate steps for support, and make use of them. They are there for a reason – and who knows, reporting an issue may lead to changes in your workplace that help others, too.
Some actions can improve your mental health without initially seeming to be automatically linked to it. Regular exercise can help. This doesn’t have to mean sweating it out in the gym for hours. It can be incidental, such as taking the stairs a few floors instead of the elevator when you get to work, or going for a walk at lunch instead of eating at your desk.
And there are many good professional services available to help you if this is your preference. Contact us to find out more, and together, let’s start decreasing the financial – and emotional – costs of mental health.