This week is being recognised by every generation – the positivity surrounding it is electric. There should be no hiding from mental health issues, and that’s important, because mental health problems affect us all – young children, teenagers, young adults, the middle aged and the elderly.
The week’s biggest message is to open up and talk. It’s a time when we should all take stock and listen to our mind and body and consider our mental wellbeing, and that of others.
Did You Know?
- 2/3rd of the population will experience some form of mental health issues in a lifetime
- 10% of children and young people have a mental health problem
- The cost of mental health in later life costs the UK £26.3m
- Disadvantaged socioeconomical demographics have a 3 times higher chance to fall victim to mental health conditions
It’s statistics like these that have seen Mental Health Awareness Week supported by Prince William and Prince Harry, along with a wealth of famous names in the world of sport, music, stage and screen; as well as trending on Twitter #StressAwarenessMonth.
Mental health issues can be triggered by many things, however one of the biggest contributing factors is stress, which leads to anxiety and depression, in turn this can lead to self-harm, even suicide. Therefore, it’s essential that as a nation we tackle this crippling condition.
Your Mental Wellbeing
The term wellbeing describes your mental state, how you are feeling, how you cope. It isn’t carved in stone; in fact it can change daily.
Many things can affect your wellbeing and trigger a bout of mental health issues – a bereavement, loneliness, money worries, relationship issues and stress at work. The things that affect your mental health don’t have to be happening right now. Issues from our past, that have been buried for years, decades even, can rise to the surface and affect our well being – violence, trauma, neglect for example.
The chances are you already know someone who is suffering, or you could well be suffering from mental health issues yourself. Perhaps even a close friend is suffering in silence. On a positive note there are many organisations that can help...
- Mind - offering crisis helplines, a local drop-in centre for counselling and therapy, www.mind.org.uk or call them on 0300 123 3393
- Mental Health Foundation - www.mentalhealth.org.uk
- The Samaritans - free phone 116 123
- Rethink Mental Illness – call 0300 5000 927
- Speak to your GP
- Confide in someone you trust – a friend, a colleague, a family member.
Remember, you are not alone. There is help.