10 October 2021 09:00

World Mental Health Day

Today, Sunday 10 October, is World Mental Health Day, an initiative from the World Health Organization (WHO) to ‘raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health.’

According to the WHO, globally, one in seven 10-19-year-olds experience a mental disorder but most are undetected and untreated. In a recent survey of 16 – 25 year olds in the UK, 84% said they had experienced mental health issues in relation to the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a considerable impact on people’s mental health of all ages. 

At the RAD we are keen to empower people to look after themselves and others to promote positive mental health as this so closely chimes with our own priorities in promoting the holistic benefits of dance for mind, body and spirit. Indeed, the meaning of our Latin motto is ‘Health & Happiness’

Whether you are a teacher, a parent or a student of any age there are a range of resources, from a range of professionals, that we hope you will find useful.

Below are articles highlighting the power of dance to positively affect mental health, as well as advice for general wellbeing such as getting better quality sleep and managing stress.

RAD resources

WHO information

Mental Health Foundation links

Information for young people