How donations help to support better mental health
When we think about making a positive impact by giving back to our community, the first thing that pops into mind is often volunteering. Some may prefer volunteering over other means of charity, such as donating, due to several reasons: interacting directly with beneficiaries can help us understand them and their needs better, committing time to a cause with other like-minded people can help to forge strong relationships, and it gives us a platform to share our talents for a good cause.
Despite this, donating should definitely not be seen as the inferior or less sincere choice when it comes to giving to the less privileged. In fact, donations can often help to fill a gap in the community’s needs that volunteering cannot meet, such as sponsoring food for the hungry or subsidizing an essential service for those who cannot afford it.
In the case of mental health initiatives, donations allow social service agencies to fund crucial projects that reduce mental health stigma and improve access to professional mental health services. This can help to promote care and wellness for individuals and families struggling with challenging circumstances provide them with the support that they need.
Our current fundraising campaign
To support our community, EMCC is running an online campaign, Better Mental Health for Better Relationships from now till 31 August 2023. From this campaign, we hope to raise funds to continue providing affordable counselling services to individuals and families facing mental health and relational challenges.
Each year, EMCC offers subsidies totaling approximately $100,000, a significant portion of which comes from our donations. Your support will make a meaningful difference in the lives of all who need help. Support us in our efforts by donating towards this campaign through our website (https://www.emcc.org.sg/donate/) or by visiting our giving.sg page (https://www.giving.sg/emcc1/bettermentalhealth).
This campaign is an approved matching fundraising campaign, which means every donation you make will be matched dollar for dollar by the government.
Donations above $50 are entitled to a 250% tax exemption.
5 tips for better mental health
As part of our initiative to promote better mental health, here are 5 practical and actionable tips for you to take a step towards nurturing your mental well-being:
1. Prioritise Rest and Sleep
Adequate rest and quality sleep are crucial for maintaining good mental health. Make it a priority to establish a regular sleep schedule that allows you to get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Create a soothing bedtime routine to unwind before sleep, such as reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practising relaxation techniques. Prioritizing restful activities during the day, such as short breaks or power naps, can also rejuvenate your mind and help you manage stress more effectively.
2. Nurture Healthy Relationships
Healthy relationships play a significant role in our mental well-being. Surround yourself with supportive and positive people who uplift and inspire you. Cultivate meaningful connections with family, friends, or support groups. Engage in open and honest communication, expressing your thoughts, feelings, and concerns. Active listening and empathy are also vital components of nurturing healthy relationships.
Remember to set boundaries and prioritize self-care when needed, ensuring a healthy balance between your needs and the needs of others.
3. Practice Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Techniques
Practising mindfulness can help you stay grounded in the present moment, reduce anxiety, and manage stress. Allocate a few minutes each day to engage in mindfulness exercises such as deep breathing, meditation, or Pilates. These practices can promote relaxation, increase self-awareness, and provide mental clarity. Additionally, incorporating stress reduction techniques like journaling, engaging in hobbies, or spending time in nature can help you unwind and release tension.
4. Engage in Physical Activities
Physical activity not only benefits your physical health but also has a profound impact on your mental well-being. Regular exercise releases endorphins, which are natural mood enhancers. Find activities you enjoy, such as walking, jogging, dancing, or engaging in a sport. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. Additionally, spending time outdoors can offer additional benefits by connecting you with nature and providing a change of scenery, which can boost your mood and reduce stress.
5. Establish Healthy Habits
Adopting healthy habits can significantly improve your mental health. Ensure you maintain a well-balanced diet, rich in nutrients, and avoid excessive consumption of alcohol, caffeine, or processed foods. Stay hydrated by drinking an adequate amount of water throughout the day. Engage in activities that bring you joy, whether it’s reading, listening to music, pursuing a hobby, or spending time with pets. Taking breaks, setting realistic goals, and maintaining a positive mindset are also essential habits that can positively impact your mental well-being.
By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can actively contribute to bettering your mental health. And by donating to important causes, you can also play a part in building up others’ mental well-being as well. Together, let’s make a difference and prioritize mental health for all.