Protecting Your Mental Health when Disabled
As one pandemic rages on, another, more insidious epidemic is gripping the UK.
11:24 15 September 2021
With many people suffering mental health problems ending up in prison, it is important that everyone takes care of their mental wellbeing and supports others in their struggle.
For people with accessibility challenges and those who need care support, maintaining good mental health is critical.
We take a look at ways to protect your mental health when you live with a disability.
Maintain social connections
Social connections are one of the most important things in maintaining our mental well-being.
Keep I touch with your friends and family as much as possible and when you feel down, reach out to them for support.
Seek physical and emotional therapy
Physical therapy is important for many people living with physical handicaps.
Emotional therapy can also help you. By talking things through with a therapist, you can get clarity on your mental blocks and work with someone to build your mental health.
Join community support groups
Many local healthcare providers and borough councils will run group meet ups and social activities for various communities.
By joining a community group of people who also live with a disability, you could build more social connections with people who understand you in a deeper way.
Take time off when you need it
In addition to helping your physical well-being, taking time off work to rest and recuperate is beneficial to your mental well-being too.
Mental health days should be encouraged to keep you in a good headspace.
Invest in accessibility
Investing in accessible cars and other objects is one way to support your mental health. Having an accessible vehicle is important for being able to get to appointments and visit friends and family.
Help to mentor the newly disabled
Often, by giving back to other people, we find that our mental health improves as this is another form of social connection – one that has a positive impact on others.
By connecting with newly disabled people, you could help them to adjust to their new way of life from a point of personal understanding. Bringing a richness to your support and advice.
Protecting our mental health is so important for every aspect of our lives. By protecting your mental well-being, you will be more able to deal with life’s ups and downs.
If you need support during a particularly hard time, reach out to your healthcare provider or call the Samaritans for help.