“Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10 October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.” – Mind.
Today is World Mental Health Day and I think it’s important to speak up about Mental Health to reduce the stigma and raise awareness.
Opening up is something I have learnt to do over the past year. Speaking to friends and family about my ongoing mental health problems was a big step for me.
I’m very lucky to have such supportive people around me and you know who you are – thank you.
Depression and Anxiety – A label.
If you’re looking for a label, this is mine. Well one of them. For the majority of people who know me, they know that I have suffered with severe depression and anxiety for a long time. I’m not going to write in detail about my life and problems but I want to speak up about it as part of the #WorldMentalHealthDay
I try to come across as happy and ‘together’ as much as possible but deep down, often I’m not. It effects every aspect of your life. Your day-to-day happiness, your friendships, relationships, education and work. The majority of days I want to pull the covers over my head and hope that the bad thoughts go away. They usually don’t. If I don’t force myself up in the mornings then my life would truly be a mess.
Some days I feel as I can’t leave the house and others I feel on top of the world. But it’s important to take each day as it comes.
Bloggers such as Grace Victory, my friend Poppy and many others are beginning to write about their mental health on their blogs. I’m hoping this is the start of me being more open and the world being more understanding.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, every 1 to 6 people in the UK suffer from a mental health problem. Check on your friends and family, ask if they are okay. They might just open up.
Hope you enjoyed this post.
I’ve previously written a Sunday summary on my blog before, speaking about my week and what I’ve done. Instead, I wanted to give a different kind of summary each week of the issues and topics that have caught my eye.
I try to pay attention to politics and current affairs as much as possible. I wanted to write these posts to give my own personal view on the topic and if you disagree, please feel free to comment and tell me!
The first thing I wanted to speak about was Theresa May’s decision to listen to young people and change the conservative direction. Hearing that my tuition fee isn’t going to be raised any further and I will not have to start paying back my fees until I earn over £25,000 per year allowed me to breath a sigh of relief. Personally, I believe the fees are still too high however it’s a start to the conservatives listening and us millennials seriously. At the moment, my heart is still with Corbyn but I am hoping this is the beginning of a brighter future.
The government also made the decision to continue funding the search for Madeleine McCann. So far, 11 million has been spent on looking for her which I believe is an extreme amount of money. People on Twitter have shared their opinions with one person saying ‘You can’t put a price on life.’ Actually, you can. It’s devastating but people go missing all of the time and why should one person receive so much funding? Social care, services and the NHS are all suffering the cuts but the government have money for high profile cases.
Speaking of cuts to our services, that brings me to my final point of today’s post. If you haven’t watched the programme Ambulance which is being shown on BBC1, you should. It really highlights the pressure that our services are under across the country. There isn’t enough police officers, ambulances and services on the streets and why? There isn’t the funding for it.
In the most recent episode, a woman called Josephine made several calls to 999 each day. It was clear that she needed more intervention from social services however the lack of intervention from them put pressure onto the ambulance services.
These are things to think about. There is no quick fix but this is my Sunday Summary.
Hope you enjoyed this post.