Walking With The Wounded speak to Rod Eldridge, former senior officer and Clinical Lead at Walking With The Wounded about the importance of mental health and why looking after yourself needs to be a priority.
Lt Col (Rtd) Rod Eldridge is Walking With The Wounded’s Clinical Lead, supporting the charity’s mental health programme, Head Start. Today is World Mental Health Day: what is Mental Health and why is it so important that we all look after it?
What does mental health mean?
Not an easy question to answer… I think it means different things to different people. But mental health is like physical health, both go hand in hand. To be mentally healthy means that you’re able to express yourself and how you feel, how you perceive and process information, how you think and how you interact with others around you in your day to day life.
Why is it so important to look after our mental health?
Again, because it goes hand in hand with physical health. Hopefully like you look after your body, you’ve also got to look after your mental health. If things aren’t right you need to do something about it. If you don’t, things can get worse very quickly and then they become more difficult to manage.