Mental Health Begins With Me

 

Statistics suggest that 1 in 4 people will suffer with some form of mental disorder in their lifetime.

You might be thinking how does this affect me?

Today is World Mental Health Day. And it is all about raising awareness to all those who are affected. Living with mental health disorders. And might need support in the future. Taking care of your mental health is as important as all other healthcare.

There is a need for more information. To educate people. To know how to cope. To find strategies to maintain emotional wellness. To be more empathetic toward those who face this reality.

A key element this year is in the workplace. For employers to offer more support to staff. To help prevent stress.  Work with staff who have long or enduring mental health problems.

  • Anxiety and depression amongst young people is on the rise. In a documentary marking the 20th anniversary in July 2017 of the death of Princess Diana: Prince Harry and Prince William spoken openly about the struggles they faced following the death of their mother Princess Diana.
  • Suicide is the biggest killer of young men in the UK.  Professor Green singer and rapper has openly spoken of his struggle and raised awareness through his songs and social media.
  • Cultural disproportions in mental health detentions are higher than before.
  • There is not enough support structures for children and young people.
  • The list is endless of lives that need support in every area of life from perinatal to eating disorders.

There are 2 ways you can get involved in this day.

1| Be aware

Boost your own wellbeing.

2| Be empathetic

Showing understanding to others. Minimise discrimination. And stigma for those who suffer with mental health problems.

Fear is real but God is with you to help and strengthen you. [Isaiah 41:10] When you are afraid put your trust in God. [Psalms 56:35] Anxiety can affect us all, but do not be anxious about anything but pray about everything. [Philippians 4:6-10] Christ was a man of sorrows and well acquainted with grief. We see the empathy He extended to many during His life and ministry. [Isaiah 53:3] More support is needed in every walk of life from the workplace to churches.

Visit your GP. There are local services available to you. Counsellors with specialised expertise. To help you cope with struggles there various programs from cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Mind is the biggest charity in the UK. Young Minds is aimed advocating the wellbeing of children and adolescents. With numerous information for you to browse. Samaritans are available if you need someone to talk to you. Including directing you for further help. Heads Together brings together The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in partnership with inspiring charities that are tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.

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