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Prioritising Mental Health and Wellbeing: The Imperative of Good Mental Health

Updated: May 14

In today's fast-paced world, the significance of good mental health cannot be overstated. As we commemorate Mental Health Awareness Week, it's crucial to emphasise the profound impact that mental well-being has on dancers and those who support them to achieve.

The Mental Health Foundation has themed Mental Health Awareness Week ‘Movement: Moving More for Our Mental Health’. This is particularly pertinent to us as a dance organisation, and we are proud to help deliver their message to our community. We are highlighting the support set out by The Mental Health Foundation and Rethink below and throughout our campaign this week.

The challenges of isolation through COVID, uncertainty, and fear have taken a toll on people worldwide, in and out of our dance community. According to the World Health Organisation, depression and anxiety are on the rise globally, affecting over 264 million people. In this context, fostering good mental health has become a pressing imperative for individuals, communities, and policymakers alike.

Promoting good mental health isn't just about preventing mental illness; it's about nurturing resilience, enhancing coping skills, and fostering a supportive environment where individuals can thrive. It involves acknowledging the complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors that influence mental well-being.

Investing in mental health yields significant returns, both socially and economically. Individuals with good mental health are more productive, engaged, and resilient. They contribute more effectively to their workplaces, communities, and families. Moreover, prioritising mental health reduces the burden on healthcare systems, enhances productivity, and fosters inclusive and equitable societies.

Creating a culture of good mental health requires a multi-faceted approach:

  1. Raising Awareness: Education and awareness campaigns play a pivotal role in reducing stigma, promoting understanding, and encouraging help-seeking behaviour.

  2. Building Resilience: Providing individuals with the tools and resources to build resilience equips them to navigate life's challenges more effectively.

  3. Fostering Supportive Environments: Creating inclusive, supportive environments within dance communities promotes mental well-being and reduces the risk of mental health problems.

  4. Access to Care: Ensuring equitable access to mental health services for our members. 

  5. Collaboration and Advocacy: Supporting collaboration between sports, membership organisations, governments, healthcare providers, employers, NGOs, and individuals is essential for driving systemic change and advocating for policies that prioritise mental health.

As we observe Mental Health Awareness Week, let us reaffirm our commitment to promoting good mental health for all. Together, through collective action and compassion, we can create a world where mental well-being is valued, supported, and prioritised.

If you, or you know someone, who would like support you can visit the links below:

Also as part of our support to this years campaign we have produced poster, focused on promoting this years theme "Move More for Our Mental Health."

We are happy to make this poster available here for you to download, should you want to get it printed to display around your school or studio. It can be downloaded below in three different sizes, A4, A3 and A2.

Poster A2 version...

BDSA - Mental Health Awareness Campaign - Poster A2
Download PDF • 1.60MB

Poster A3 version...

BDSA - Mental Health Awareness Campaign - Poster A3
Download PDF • 1.59MB

Poster A4 version...

BDSA - Mental Health Awareness Campaign - Poster A4
Download PDF • 1.58MB

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