World Mental Health Day 2021 is on 10 October. Do you have the menopause blues? Or, are you having menopause mood swings or mood changes?

World Mental Health Day 2021 Theme

Why was the World Mental Health Day theme chosen for 2021?

In Mental Health In An Unequal World the World Federation of Mental Health elaborate on:

World Mental Health Day 2021
“This theme, chosen for 2021, will highlight that access to mental health services remains unequal, with between 75% to 95% of people with mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries unable to access mental health services at all, and access in high income countries is not much better. Lack of investment in mental health disproportionate to the overall health budget contributes to the mental health treatment gap”.

Menopause Blues

What are the menopause blues?

In the International Menopause Society’s Videos and Podcasts: Interviews – The Menopause Blues Dr Pauline Maki explains:

Cause

What factors, other than menopause, may cause depression and depressed mood around the time of expected menopause?

In Mental Health & Emotions: Depression, Anxiety & Menopause the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health elaborate on:

“Depression and depressed mood around the time of expected menopause (51-52 years in Australia) is more likely to occur because of factors other than menopause, including:

  • Prior episodes of depression
  • Significant stress in your life
  • A negative attitude to things happening in your life
  • Dissatisfaction with your relationships
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor body image
  • Poor lifestyle such as little exercise or a high intake of alcohol”.

Clinical Depression and Hormone Changes Sensitivity

Can a history of clinical depression or hormone changes sensitivity, be a factor of perimenopause depression?

On page one in Menopause Depression: Recognizing Depressive Symptoms and Depression the North American Menopause Society elaborate on:

World Mental Health Day 2021

“When you are transitioning into menopause, you should notify your healthcare practitioner whether you have suffered from depression in the past or whether you were particularly sensitive to hormone changes and have experienced premenstrual syndrome or postpartum depression. Be alert and notice whether these mood changes are mild and do not greatly affect your quality of life or whether they are severe and debilitating and interfere with your daily activities”.

Improve Mental Health

How can we improve our mental health?

In How To Improve Mental Health: How Can I Improve My Mental Health? the (United States) MedlinePlus elaborate on:

“There are many different things you can do to improve your mental health, including

  • Staying positive. It’s important to try to have a positive outlook; some ways to do that include
    • Finding balance between positive and negative emotions…
    • Trying to hold on to the positive emotions when you have them…
    • Taking a break from negative information. Know when to stop watching or reading the news…
  • Practicing gratitude, which means being thankful for the good things in your life. It’s helpful to do this every day…
  • Taking care of your physical health, since your physical and mental health are connected. Some ways to take care of your physical health include
    • Being physically active…
    • Getting enough sleep…
    • Healthy eating…
  • Connecting with others
  • Developing a sense of meaning and purpose in life
  • Developing coping skills
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation techniques…”.

Exercise

How may exercise improve our mental health?

In Caring for Your Mental Health: About Self-Care the (United States) National Institute of Mental Health note:

World Mental Health Day 2021

  • Get regular exercise. Just 30 minutes of walking every day can help boost your mood and improve your health. Small amounts of exercise add up, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t do 30 minutes at one time”.

Online Resources, Programs and Apps

Are online mental health resources, programs and Apps available?

Depending on the Country online mental health resources, programs and Apps may be available.

Your health care provider or local community health center may know of your country’s recommended online mental health resources, programs and Apps similar to the (Australian) Department of Health’s Head To Health Find Digital Mental Health Resources From Trusted Service Providers.

Health Care Provider

What if I need help?

In Caring for Your Mental Health: When To Seek Professional Help the (United States) National Institute of Mental Health elaborate on:

“Seek professional help if you are experiencing severe or distressing symptoms that have lasted two weeks or more, such as:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Appetite changes that result in unwanted weight changes
  • Struggling to get out of bed in the morning because of mood
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of interest in things you usually find enjoyable
  • Inability to perform usual daily functions and responsibilities
  • Don’t wait until your symptoms are overwhelming. Talk about your concerns with your primary care provider, who can refer you to a mental health specialist if needed”.

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Last Updated: 11 October 2021 – Last Revised: 30 September 2021
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