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Prioritising Mental Health Throughout the Journey of Life, by Millie Fully

Posted by on 21 Jun, 2024 in Mental Health |

Prioritising Mental Health Throughout the Journey of Life, by Millie Fully

The NHS has recently appointed a director for mental health and neurodiversity, proving that wellbeing concerns are finally receiving the acknowledgement they deserve. It signifies a step in the right direction of mental health being a top priority during all phases of life.

Mental health has no age

Poor mental health can affect anyone, at any age. It changes how we manage, and our relationships with other people.

Identifying the signs

 We must educate ourselves on spotting the signs of poor wellbeing. These might include:

  • Changes in mood
  • Avoiding social environments or interactions
  • Sleep pattern changes
  • Unexplained physical discomfort

If you notice these signs in yourself or a loved one, address them quickly. Symptoms can vary by age, so be alert to anything unusual. Being observant and proactive could make a difference in someone’s quality of life.

Staying social

Humans love to be around others. Being with family and our community gives us guidance and a sense of purpose. To grow our social circles further, look into joining clubs or chances to volunteer.

Interactions reduce feelings of loneliness, especially in older adults.

Dealing with the tough times

We all go through life changes, both good and bad. This might be when we retire, lose a loved one, or even when we move home. These events can be tough and often cause negative feelings.

During hard times, talk to a trusted friend for support. If things get too overwhelming, seek professional advice. They’ll give you tools to navigate these life changes.

Practise mindfulness

Many people find these activities helpful. They aid the ability to recognise and understand our emotions, without self-criticism.

Breathing exercises are a great place to start, moving on to guided meditation. Doing this regularly could significantly reduce anxiety.

Make time for your hobbies

No matter your age, make time to do the things you love. Doing what we enjoy brings fulfilment. There’s also the potential to meet others with the same interests too.

Mental health tech

Do some research and see what tech tools are out there to support you. There’s plenty of apps and websites offering virtual guidance.

If you’re caring for an older adult, you may have to give them a little training to make sure they have access.

Food and mental health

Our eating habits can suffer when we’re feeling down. But vitamins and minerals are needed for our brain health. No matter your age, a healthy diet keeps your mind sharp and functioning well. 


In our journey through life, every stage should have a focus on wellbeing. To keep our minds healthy, we must learn to recognise when things aren’t quite right. Managing our emotions might require help from a professional, and that’s okay.

Focus on your social connections and build new bonds. Having shared interests can forge a sense of community.

For caregivers, have a look at one of the Mind Matters training courses to help craft a comprehensive plan.