As many of you may already know, today, October 10th, is world mental health day. I’ve decided to write a short post on it as I feel the care of our mental state and others around us affects us all.
Someone you know might have mental health problems but is dealing with it on their own or is too scared to talk about it. Many people think they have to be an expert and are not well equipped to help their friends/family/colleagues, but some times just being available to talk and listen is enough. Only through talking are we also able to break the stigma on mental health issues too! Little things can make such a big difference. Check on your friends!
One of the stigmas I’ve always fought to derail is the fact that often people who are stuggling with their mental health have suffered some kind of trauma to cause a breakdown, but that’s not always the case and it’s not helpful to think so. Instead of just labelling people as “mad” we need to understand that many disorders are very much managable and you’re still talking to a normal person .
Mental illnesses can effect absolutely anyone. From CEO’s of FTSE 100 companies to young school goers only just finding their way in life. The rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70 per cent in the past 25 years. The number of children and young people turning up in A&E with a psychiatric condition has more than doubled since 2009 and, in the past three years, hospital admissions for teenagers with eating disorders have also almost doubled.
If you take anything away from this post, is that we all have a part to play in ending the stigma around mental illness and that we can all be of aid to someone struggling.
Much love xxx
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