Here is a post I uploaded last year to mark World Mental Health Day. What’s the point in writing something new when this about sums it up? Enjoy!
Today marks World Mental Health Day where charities, organisations and businesses come together to raise awareness of mental health illnesses. It allows all of these wonderful advocates and champions of mental health to come together and encourage education of mental illnesses, to help combat the stigma and discrimination that surrounds it and to give opportunity for people to come forward and share their story. The World Federation for Mental Health has noted a theme for this year; Mental Health in the Work Place. To read more about this, click here.
Last year, Mind teamed up with Tesco to raise money in the larger stores around the UK. Me and a wonderful chap called John looked after the Tesco Extra in Chesterfield and between us managed to raise a phenomenal £80; a big thanks to all who spared their change and specifically to the lady who threw a £10 note in our bucket! It was very obvious that many were walking past who had never heard of Mind and were even surprised to see mental health issues being raise in fundraising. Another reason that this day counts in spreading the word about mental health.
This year was a bit of a momentous one for me. After the loss of my Father in June my mental health deteriorated quite dramatically, but in a fortunate way I was able to recognise how much I could potentially spiral so made sure to seek out help. I’ve struggled with anxiety my whole life and particularly depression after going through puberty. The one time I did seek help I was turned away and felt isolated, alone and worthless. This led to a fear of going back when times got rough, but thanks to a wonderful GP who took care of my Father, I finally felt comfortable to speak openly and honestly about my mental struggles. I’m now finally getting the help I need but there are so many more who are being failed.
If you’re a student then make sure to check out your local University or College listings as various faculties and student unions are putting on events to encourage better well being for their attendees. Likewise, in the workplace they may well be sponsoring events or hosting their own awareness campaigns to encourage better mental health for their employees and colleagues. If you can’t find anything, then why not be the champion and organise your own event or print off some facts from Mind to start the conversation. Every little bit we can do will help bring together a wider network of people who can champion the need for better awareness and better support.
If, like me, you like to keep up to date with all things mental health then your social media feeds will be filling up nicely as all around the world, conferences, events, fundraisers and educational seminars will take place to celebrate this opportunity at raising awareness of mental health illnesses.
All in all, there is plenty to appease the appetite so make sure you follow the hashtag #WMHD or #WMHD17 on social media and see what’s going on in your area! And if you can, then please donate any spare change to a mental health organisation of your choice.
Many thanks all!