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The World Health Organisation defines Mental Health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

For more information on mental health, please read this article from the SA FEDERATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH.

Why is it so important to look after your Mental Health?

Self-care is the practice of loving yourself. This can be done in a variety of ways, all of which have massive benefits for your personal mental health.
Self-care helps reduce stress, which if left unchecked can lead to all kinds of problems. Some stress is good for the body and mind but excessive amounts can lead to an emotional meltdown or full-blown burnout. This article could provide you some insight.

What to expect after a car accident.

Trauma can be defined as a bodily and/or mental injury caused by an external agent. When a person encounters a traumatic experience, he/she becomes an injured person that suffers from physical and emotional wounds. The word “trauma” is derived from the Greek word meaning “wound”.

Most people will experience a trauma at some point in their lives, and as a result, some will experience debilitating symptoms that interfere with their daily lives. Motor vehicle accidents are considered the leading cause of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the general population and car accidents are the number one trauma for men and the second most frequent trauma for women. This article will give you a better understanding of what to expect, and how to handle the situation.

Still unsure if you need trauma counselling, please visit this website.

What can you do to make it all easier?

Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Here are a few tips from WE CARE to help you maintain a good mental state.

This article can give you much more insight on what to do about your emotions.
“It’s not so much the severity of the crash or the severity of any resulting injury that counts – it’s how someone perceives it,” says Dr. Matthews. Find out more detail here.

Do you need to find someone that can help you get back on track?

These links might be the answer:

  1. http://www.sadag.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=191
  2. https://www.therapist-directory.co.za/listings/categories/psychotherapists/anxiety-panic/?w2dc_action=search&hash=e5d47824e4fcfb7ab0345a0c7faaa5d2&controller=directory_controller&include_categories_children=1&categories=163&categories_path=Psychotherapists%2CTrauma&what_search=PTSD+%3B+Anxiety&field_suburb_area=
  3. http://hopehouse.org.za/contact