World Mental Health Awareness day was just a few days ago, on the 10th of October, which reminded us how important it is to join the cause and understand why it’s good to talk about it. As seen in studies published by the APMS in 2014, 1 in 6 people in a week experience common mental health problems, so let’s talk about it and help each other out.
Before we start, I would like to say that we are in no way professionals about the topic but we do want to open up the dialogue and think that talking about these issues can only help those that are struggling to speak up.
The day itself gives the opportunity for stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work but also for people suffering from mental health problems to openly talk about what could be done to make their lives better. The World Federation for Mental Health, a group of young people that are helping in changing the world of mental health, set this year’s theme.
The campaign is called; Make it count which outlines the issues of schoolchildren coping with mental health. Young people and even children are suffering from different aspects of mental health such as depression and anxiety, which can lead to self-harm. Make it count is an important launch for young people around the world because as we already know, unlike Maths and Literature, mental health is not part of the school system.
Not sure what mental health actually is? Mental health is a personal health condition and although many people can bounce back from feeling down or depressed, others can have a harder time dealing with issues such as anxiety or depression (amongst many other symptoms). People’s issues with their mental health don’t always stay the same, they can change due to your life circumstances, or even stages in your life and go up and down. But the biggest issue of mental health itself is that people find it hard to talk about their problems and the way they are feeling, which is why speaking up about your mental state is so important.
If you ever sense like your mental state is not getting any better but are afraid to talk about it to a professional, make sure you open up to your loved ones and I’m sure they will do whatever they can to help you through supper and attention. If you’re not sure whether you actually have mental health issues serious enough to be worried, don’t hesitate to join groups or talk to professionals about it, because these health issues can range from everyday life worries to long-term and more serious conditions, so it’s easy to believe you are not well enough to seek help.
Going to a professional to chat about your state of mind is the most efficient way you will fix your anxiety. They will not only help you out through your journey, but also refer people for care and treatment, and introduce you to groups where you can openly talk about your worries. You’ll be surprised at how many people will feel the same way as you, especially if you’re living in a big city such as London where you can easily feel isolated and alone.
Many celebrities came out this year with very important mental health awareness messages, from our beloved Lady Gaga to Stephen Fry and many more. Former One Direction star Zayn Malik has been quite vocal about his anxiety for a while, about which he wrote in his autobiography in 2016. The singer is encouraging others to speak out about their mental health and feels that when he finally came out and announced his struggles, it had a positive impact on his life for the better.
Prince Harry is another person in the public eye that has been very open about his mental health. He says that he blocked out his emotions for many years after his mother’s death and has since often found himself on the verge of anger for no real reason. Harry recommends sports such as boxing as a way to deal with his anger, and he and the Duchess of Cambridge have set up the mental health charity Heads Together.
At the end of the day, you shouldn’t need to rely on Mental Awareness day, or month (in May) to open up about your worries, you should talk about your anxieties and fears with your loved ones and if that isn’t an option for you, feel free to visit the Mental Health Foundation for tips on how to deal with your health. Remember that if you have loved ones that are struggling, they will need support and love so get ready to listen… and speak up! At the end of the day, we all know that lonely feeling, so let’s stick together.
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