Mental Health Awareness Month

As we move into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic with some improvements in the situation, we must not forget the paramount importance of raising awareness for mental health and maintaining mental wellness in our daily lives.

Since the start of the pandemic, the topic of mental health has not only become increasingly important but has also been critically discussed due to the surge in cases of people suffering from mental illnesses such as stress, anxiety, and depression stemming from a combination of factors like loneliness, fear of infection, grief after bereavement, financial worries, job security and much more.

This calls for urgent measures to effectively tackle these mental health challenges, especially in the workplace.

Most of the time, employees feel uncertain and sometimes even shameful to talk about their mental health.

However, here at SAGE APAC, we are proud to have invested resources into cultivating an environment where employees are free to discuss any mental health issues without prejudice and seek the help they need easily.

One way we are dedicated to this cause is through setting up support groups aimed to provide support and assist each other through any form of mental health issues. Another way is that every SAGE APAC employee is enrolled into ‘Headspace’, a mental wellness application that has a bunch of useful features designed to help manage stress and anxiety.

However, outside the support we get from our workplaces, we as individuals also have the personal responsibility of looking after our own mental health. Some ways that can help us is through talking about our feelings with our trusted friends, family members and even colleagues. It’s also important to keep active and eat well. And never be afraid to ask for help when we need it.

To end off, we would like to invite you to check out some of our publications covering topics related to mental health:

Understanding Mental Health Practice for Adult Nursing Students

As an adult nurse, you will come into contact with a wide range of service users during your practice. Whilst your focus might be on the physical problem that brought them to you, understanding their mental health is also a key part of your role and important to treat people effectively. This book will give you practical guidance on how to respond to the needs of those in your care who face mental health challenges, helping you be more prepared and able to deliver person-centered care confidently.

Mental Health in Crisis

At a time of huge pressures on mental health services, this highly topical, broad-ranging and thought-provoking analysis of the mental health crisis examines the current challenges in mental health service delivery and access using a range of perspectives (political, economic, cultural, organisational issues). It then puts forward a number of alternatives, reviewing both current and alternative initiatives, and exploring what is needed for a mentally healthy society.

Understanding Mental Health and Counselling

This book provides a critical introduction to key debates about how problems of mental health are understood, and to the core approaches taken to working with counselling and psychotherapy clients. In drawing out the differences and intersections between professional and social understandings of mental health and counselling theory and practice, the book fosters critical thinking about effective and ethical work with mental health service users and therapy clients.

Digital Media and Child and Adolescent Mental Health

With over 30 expert contributors spanning a range of disciplines including psychology, education, and communications, as well as young people’s own perspectives, this book dispels some of the myths that surround young people’s use of digital media and covers important topics ranging from safeguarding to digital citizenship and the fear of missing out.

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