Lets Talk About Mental Health!
|Currently the Mental Health Foundation are running Mental Health Awareness week and we think it's time to start talking about mental health, working together to rid the world of this stigma that surrounds it.
It has become increasingly common for people to be shut down and be discriminated against when talking about mental health. Almost like society doesn't allow you to speak out about the way you feel inside because you give the impression that there is no reason for you to suffer from a mental health illness. We all have the capacity to suffer from a mental health illness. Some cases may not be severe instances but there is a fine line between those less severe to those suffering from the worst cases.
Below are some statics of people that have suffered or suffer from just a few common mental health illnesses (Find out more : https://www.mind.org.uk/)-
The stigma that surrounds mental health illnesses stops people talking about it & seeking help. Feeling like you are alone with mental health can lead to negative effects, the most negative being that suicide rates are increasing every year and in my heart, I believe it’s because people cannot speak about their issues which is sad when there is so much help around us.
To those whom overlook how much of an impact mental health has, have a look at these statistics (None all figures relate to suicide and mental health. find out more http://www.samaritans.org/) -
These statistics are shocking that in 2014, 597 people aged between 10-25 committed suicide. More notably the difference between how many men are committing suicide between the ages of 20-24. Many men especially myself on occasions are reluctant to talk about how they feel, when they upset or sad because like me, I have always been taught to man up but the difference with me is I have always been surrounded by strong people in my life to lean on. Currently I am on a work placement and I'm still at university. I have felt at times that I can’t do anything & felt alone with my problems and wanted to give up but what I've done is admitted I can’t do it and got the support I needed instead of sitting alone.
I say to those that are not able to talk to speak out proudly about the way you feel and disregard the opinions of others and think about yourself and seek the help you need. As you are not alone in this world and as you can see in those figures it would suggest that in London alone there over 2 million people that have or are suffering from Depression alone. So, you are not alone with this problem.
|If you have ever felt or are feeling like you are suffering from some form of mental illness or have had or having suicidal thoughts please seek some help or even if you need someone to speak to please have a look below and a list of the organisations you can reach for support!
Charity providing support if you've been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.
Charity for sufferers of depression. Has a network of self-help groups.
Men's Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.
Support for people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Includes information on treatment and online resources.
A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
Young suicide prevention society.
Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.