Thursday, 11 May 2017

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek....


I have always found it baffling how Mental Health is not as openly discussed as other health conditions, although it affects as much as 1 in 4 people. It seems to have this stigma surrounding it that puts a lot of sufferers off being so open about it, in fear of being judged. It is sad that in this day in age, something which affects so many of us is a feared topic of conversation.

It is time to raise awareness for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Whether a sufferer of Mental Health or know someone who is, sharing our own personal stories and talking about them can be difficult. It is challenging and sharing our stories can be hard and emotional. Nevertheless, it really is the start when it comes to raising awareness of Mental Health and making people notice what Mental Health is like.

One thing we need to remember, whether we have suffered ourselves with any sort of Mental Health or not, is that it is challenging. Many people see it as being lazy, or 'sad', or even selfish, which makes those who suffer less likely to openly discuss it and seek the help they desire.. for fear of being classed as these sorts of people.


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With so many different types of Mental Health, and with the hectic demands of 21st Century life, it is no surprise that so many people will suffer with some sort of Health issue at in their lifetime. Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar and even Grief are some of the most common types of Mental Health that people will suffer, although their are many more that come under the same topic.
It can also affect us for different lengths of time. For many people it can be something we battle with out whole lives, where as for others, it could be something that stays with them for just a few years, or even a few months.

For people who get diagnosed, no matter what Health issue it may be, it can be devastating, and it can seem that their is not a light at the end of the tunnel. It is important to remember that by getting the support and help that suits you and helps you the best, you can manage it effectively so you live the best life you can. Although I say their is 'light at the end of the tunnel' it is easier to say than to believe when you find out you have Mental Health issues... this is where support and kindness really can make a difference. By being kind to people and positive, you can help everyone whether you know them or not - and that really can make a difference to someone who could be having the worst day of their lives.

Hopefully throughout time, people will be more aware of the issues surrounding Mental Health and it will become less of a stigma or judgement. It will become a much more openly discussed issue and not be as feared as it is just now. For many, getting the confidence to speak out and get the help they need is challenging, nevertheless we can change this with the help of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek


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Remember to be kind and hopefully one day, the stigma surrounding the topic of Mental Health will disappear. Share your story using the hash tag #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and make a difference today

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