World Mental Health Day
October 10 is World Mental Health Day ... and I have some fantastic news for our volunteers.
Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. It can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose.
1. Volunteering connects you to others
2. Volunteering is good for your mind and body
3. Volunteering can advance your career
4. Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life
On average 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year. However, of these, only a relatively small number will be diagnosed with a serious and enduring mental health problem.
Volunteering has been shown to be beneficial to the mental health of individuals. It can improve overall mental health and also help to protect from mental health problems.
The Mental Health Foundation lists some benefits of volunteering:
- It provides structure and routine
- It can help people feel good about themselves
- It can improve feelings of self-esteem
- It provides opportunities to make friends and take part in social activities
- It can provide learning opportunities which can protect mental health
Researchers at the London School of Economics (LSE) believe they have found a pretty simple formula: the more we volunteer, the happier we are likely to be.
The LSE found that compared to people who never volunteer, feeling “very happy” increased by 7% among those giving their time to support causes every month. For those volunteering every two to four weeks, there was a 12% increase. For those volunteering every week, feeling “very happy” increased by 16%.