What is Mental Health and why should people participate?

What is mental health?

Mental health includes the emotional, psychological and social well-being of an individual. Mental health has impacts on the way you think, the way you feel and finally the way you act. In addition to this, mental health helps you determine how you manage stress, build relationships and make choices. Mental health has been found to play a vital role at every stage of life ranging from childhood and adolescence to adulthood.

During our life, in the event that you have mental health problems, the way you think, your mood and behavior may be affected. There are several factors that contribute to mental health problems, some of which are listed below:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • A family history of mental health problems

Mental health problems are common, but the most interesting part is the availability of help. If you have mental health problems don’t be concerned as you can get better and recover completely.

Here’s why you should take part in a mental health workshop:

  1. Taking a look at what is happening outside

There are cases when you are so overwhelmed by the depression that leaving your apartment could be very difficult for you. Your ability to move out of your door and mingle with people outside is a great accomplishment.

  1. Identify common ideas

It is very common that many people in the group have the same experience. When talking about their experiences, they are better able to offer solutions, see things from a different perspective and feel less isolated.

  1. Increase prudence

When you listen to others sharing their stories, you automatically feel compassion for them. At the same time, help other members to reshape their negative attitudes. When you start doing this for others, it’s not a big step forward to realize that you need to do it yourself.

  1. See familiar faces and associate with people

Mental illness can be extremely isolated and it is not unusual to lose friends along the line. It is an opportunity to meet new people – people who really know how they feel they have similar problems. Some people in the group can become someone with whom you exchange jokes every week. Others, however, can start to see outside the group and become friends.

  1. Free or cheap

Most mental health workshops are free or at least cheap. The cost of individual therapy can be expensive, which is a big barrier for those who are being treated. Group workshops can be monitored once a week and can help fill in the gaps when you cannot afford more regular individual appointments.

  1. Networking and other resources

In mental health workshops, people often share information about: other groups in which they participate, books identified to be helpful, which doctors are useful or which are not, and also coping with skills they have achieved. Even in small groups, there are many years of combined knowledge of what is available.

  1. Psychological education

Most workshops on mental health include elements of psycho-education; slightly more than others, but this is usually part of the experience. This can range from the basic work on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), worksheets for completing at home or discussing specific topics (self-esteem, adaptation). It is, again, usually a part of individual therapy, and for those who cannot afford it, this is a significant advantage.

As you can see, participation in a mental health workshop has many benefits. Still, many others are not mentioned. It is important to remember that every mental health workshop is different, so if you do not like the workshop, try with others. To find out which support groups are available in your area, search online, ask your medical team, therapist, or friend. Try it! I hope this will help!

Join Mosidi K Seretlo and other phenomenal women to get a better understanding of mental health.

Date: 1st December 2018
Time: 12:30 for 13:00
Venue: Canvas Riversands
Ticket Prices: R450.00
Early Bird Discounts: 5% if you book before 14 November 2018
Table for 10 people: R4200.00
Lunch will be served and a cash bar will also be available.


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    Or email info@mosidikseretlo.org for more information

    We have two prestigious guest speakers and women who will speak about their own personal experience and how they overcame their own mental health issues. The main speaker of this incredible event is a very dynamic lady named Dr. Malebo Mokotedi, who will tell us how to cope with mental health issues and how to maintain good mental health. If you are suffering from mental health issues or know someone who is suffering; this event is to show you that you are not alone!

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