World Mental Health Day is observed on Oct. 10 every year to help raise awareness of the importance of mental health issues and to get people talking about those issues.
Are you surviving or thriving? Start the conversation. #WorldMentalHealthDay pic.twitter.com/26nE8BM5Lp— Angela Peterson (@theapcrew) October 10, 2017
People with mental health disorders can often feel alone and stigmatized.
The World Health Organization said on its website that the observance is a chance to "make mental health care a reality for people worldwide."
Mental health issues span a broad spectrum, from anxiety disorders to personality disorders and everything in between.
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Stress is also a big issue for millions of people and something that affects everyone, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Stress is defined as the body and brain's response to any demand, including work, school, exercise, major life changes and traumatic events, the NIMH said on its website.
"Stress can be positive, keeping us alert, motivated, and ready to avoid danger," officials with the Cleveland Clinic said on their website. "Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between stressors. As a result, the person becomes overworked, and stress-related tension builds."
Chronic stress can cause long-term health issues, like digestive issues, sleeplessness, anger or irritability, officials with the NIMH said. And routine stress can be the worst of all because it can lead to diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other illnesses, the NIMH reported.
Artists, like everyone else, do their best work when they are well #WorldMentalHealthDay https://t.co/7wPPfQJKP4— The Economist (@TheEconomist) October 10, 2017
Tips on reducing stress, according to the Cleveland Clinic, include:
-Maintain a positive attitude.
-Learn and practice relaxation techniques, like meditation or yoga.
-Manage your time.
-Be assertive, but not aggressive.
-Eat right and get enough sleep.
-Make time for hobbies.
If stress becomes unmanageable, seek out professional help.
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#WorldMentalHealthDay for my Father, who suffers from early on-set Alzheimer's/dementia. We're here for you. pic.twitter.com/K0Kde6CBiG— Travis Mendes (@TravisBTP) October 10, 2017
Some advice from Dr. T'Perro on #WorldMentalHealthDay. pic.twitter.com/IJrgltUm9W— BioWare (@bioware) October 10, 2017
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