Saturday, 10 October 2015
World Mental Health Day
Hi! As some of you may or may not know, today is World Mental Health Day. One in four adults and one in ten children are reportedly likely to suffer with a mental illness in any given year, according to mentalhealth.org. And what's more, only a quarter of them are actually seeking professional help for it, which is quite scary when you think about it.
I definitely think more education is needed surrounding mental illness and I think it should definitely be understood more as I still believe although there has been vast improvements of education, there is still a lot of uncertainty and general difficulties with fully understanding mental illness. Although I do think that everyone's experiences are different, it is important to try and teach some vital signs of what to look out for so if you know someone suffering you can be there for them as best they can and they know they have you got support. Also, it is important to remember that everyone has different abilities and some people may find different things difficult. I think the hardest part for some people who don't have a mental illness is that they perhaps don't understand why tasks or situations cause stress or sadness to someone suffering, when they are perfectly capable to do it themselves. Like I said, we all have different abilities and if you don't understand why someone is struggling with a particular thing, don't make them feel a failure or incapable.
One of the worst feelings for someone suffering is that someone doesn't understand what they are going through. And it's tough. I try to live with an open mind and an open heart to such conditions, it's certainly something anxiety has taught me.
The main approach for this year is the subject of dignity and World Mental Health are tackling the issue by ensuring people share Fundamental Facts on social media, so that people with mental health problems still have dignity. This is something which I strongly believe. People with mental health conditions should not have to sacrifice or lose any of their dignity because of their illness. It simply should not happen. For many people, self-esteem or self-confidence can be difficult and if their dignity is under threat to it's even more difficult. It's easy to be unintentionally ignorant but by trying to understand the struggles or symptoms a person has, you can do your best to help their self-esteem pick up.
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