Category Archives: Mental Health

Why do we say Mental Health? And what does it mean?

Mental Health

Mental Health

As part of our Mental Health Awareness campaign, we have written quite a few articles on the topic of Mental Health. We have made endless citations to the notion, and offered our best possible advice on how to maintain it.

Yet I ask myself, have we once stopped to give a clear understanding of what Mental Health is and what it looks like? Do we know what we mean when we say Mental Health? I would say it is about time we pay some much needed attention to the cause.

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Make the most of your break | #MentalHealthMonth | #StopTheStigma

Nestle Kit-Kat is famous for the slogan: Have a break,  have a Kit-Kat. It seems like they were on to something. According to workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com what you do during that break time could have an impact on your workplace mental health. Namibian labour law dictates that employees have to be given time for a break during the working day. This break in your regular workday could help you to unwind and refocus if used correctly.

Having a Kit-Kat during every break could cause some negative consequences so therefore WorkplaceStrategiesforMentalHealth.com suggests three kinds of breaks you could use to refocus during your break, namely, calming, energizing or relaxing. With thanks to WorkplaceStrategiesForMentalHealth.com we have linked to a few suggested break activities below. 

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Mental Health Awareness #MentalHealthMonth

October is mental health awareness month. In Canada, a psychologically healthy and safe workplace has been defined as “a workplace that promotes workers’ psychological well-being and actively works to prevent harm to worker psychological health, including in negligent, reckless or intentional ways”.

It is the responsibility of employers to create a work environment where employees can work and apply their skills without fear of being discriminated against or otherwise prevented from applying their full potential to their jobs.

Because of this, in Namibia, October is the month in which we focus our attention to Mental Health in the workplace. 

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International Day of Failure 13 October

day-of-failureWe are putting a challenge out this year. Do something to celebrate failure this year. With the international day of failure coming up on the 13th of October this is the time to fail and be proud of it.

From the website of the Day for Failure: “Without the possibility of failure there is no success, they go hand-in-hand. After all, failure means you have grabbed the opportunity to succeed. Day for Failure is the best day to show some stupidity, error estimation, awkward moments, and other fails to the world.”

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Baby-blues… although you have a girl?

Baby blues

Baby blues

Baby-blues are not merely an indication of your baby’s sex. It is also the informal, and less severe, term for postnatal depression. What is it? How do you get it? And what can you do to feel better?

First, let’s all admit that parenting is hard! Not only has your body changed dramatically in the past nine months, the changes are far from over. Hormonal, weight and fatigue; to only name a few. Add to that having a new-born in your home, who wakes and feeds every two to three hours, also at night, and producing horrendous nappies while not yet fully acknowledging your existence, and you have a recipe for depression.

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