World Mental Health Day

Today 10th October 2018 is World Mental Health Day. Mental Health can affect anybody at any age. Mental Health problems affect 1 in 4 people in any given year.

There is a vast range of issues some include anxiety, depression and bi-polar for example.

I have suffered with anxiety and found that my treatment was far too lax. With the doctor only offering me anti-depressants. I didn't want anti-depressants, I wasn't being awkward I just didn't feel that a tablet would help me. I wanted to talk and work through what was going on but I wasn't offered this. I was instead directed to go online and look for the charity MIND. While MIND are an amazing charity just being told to go and find them wasn't really a great help to me.

We all need to take care of our own mental health but it is also important to take care of the mental health of those close to us, our family and friends and to be aware of what to look for, if anything in that person changes and causes concern.

It is important to get help as soon as possible.

World Mental Health Day

I feel that there is too much pressure these days to look, act and generally be a certain way. The rise of platforms such as Instagram has put unrealistic impressions on a lot of young people. A quick look and straight away I am greeted by model like beautiful people with no imperfections in sight. Of course in reality there are imperfections but they have been digitally edited out of these images.

Mental wellbeing describes how you are feeling and how well you can cope with your day to day life.

I have read two stories in the news lately of two young school children who took their own lives, one a girl aged just 11 took her own life upstairs in her family home while her parents and sibling were downstairs. She was apparently unhappy with her appearance. No 11 year old should even be aware that suicide is an option let alone think about committing it. The other was a 14 year old boy who hanged himself in the toilets of his high school after being bullied.

As a mum to two young children myself I cannot imagine the heartbreak these families must have gone through and probably are still going through. Our children should be playing outdoors and having fun, not worrying about the clothes or make up they're wearing.

There was a story recently in the paper about an 18 year old girl who attached notes to a notorious bridge which where a number of people have fallen to their deaths. This young girl wrote notes such as 'It will get better, hold on' and 'Don't you dare give up on this life'. Thanks to this one girl she has managed to save 6 lives, the lives of 6 people who decided that on that particular day they weren't going to give up after reading her notes.

We need more people like this who show that it's the little things we do that can make such a big difference to lives.

For more information on how to get help and support please visit MIND.

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