World Mental Health Day, observed on October 10th every year, is an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health issues and promote well-being. It provides an opportunity for individuals, organisations and communities to come together and address mental health challenges.
Volunteering your time can have numerous positive effects on your personal well-being.
Here are some ways in which volunteering can contribute to your overall sense of well-being:
1. Sense of Purpose: Volunteering provides a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Knowing that you're contributing to a cause or helping others can give you a strong sense of satisfaction and meaning in life.
2. Connection and Social Support: Volunteering often involves working with others, which can help you build strong social connections and support networks. This can combat feelings of isolation and loneliness.
3. Improved Mental Health: Volunteering can reduce stress and improve mental well-being. Engaging in acts of kindness and helping others can trigger the release of "feel-good" hormones like oxytocin and endorphins.
4. Enhanced Self-Esteem: Volunteering can boost your self-esteem and self-confidence. As you see the positive impact of your efforts on others, you may feel a greater sense of self-worth.
5. Skill Development: Volunteering can be an opportunity to learn new skills or apply existing ones in a different context. Gaining competence in new areas can enhance your sense of accomplishment.
Open Mental Health is an alliance of local voluntary organisations, working together to improve the way people in Somerset receive support with their mental health by providing access to a number of specialist services.
Volunteers are an integral part of Open Mental Health, there are so many opportunities to get involved, and we would love for you to join us.
Click on the link below to see the current opportunities available within Open Mental Health.