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White January: Mental health care from January to January

The beginning of a year! January is a month that many reflect on life, goals and changes. In January, people have the feeling of a fresh start, lots of plans and a new lifestyle. This climate was the basis for people to start the year also thinking about their mental health. It is possible to experience some melancholy or anguish during the New Year, and January is a time when many people are still weakened by this. So this is the ideal time to seek professional help and start taking care of your mind. The month of January was chosen for the White January campaign because it symbolizes a fresh start and to draw attention to mental health from the beginning of the year. Being mentally healthy, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is the state of well-being in which a person is able to perform their skills, deal with life's concerns, is able to work productively and contribute to their community.

The White January campaign suggests that, at the beginning of the year, we all take some measures to improve our mental health:

  • Reflect: with the arrival of the new year, are you ready to become a new person? So, take advantage of the moment of reflection to think about what you can change in your life to be happier.

  • Accept cycles: just like the years that begin and end, life is also made up of cycles. Therefore, understand that if you are in a bad moment, it will pass. And a next stage, of reconstruction and joy, will arrive. So take the opportunity to prepare for the next cycle that will begin!

  • Prepare to act: the habit of meditating and reflecting on what is happening to you is essential to achieving the mental state you desire. So, what can you do, what thoughts can you have, that can lead you to a healthier and happier life?

  • You don't have to do everything alone. One of the objectives of White January is to demystify psychological support as a tool for caring for and maintaining good mental health. Assessing your capabilities includes seeking appropriate professional help to care for yourself.

May this January be the beginning of many positive changes in your life.

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