Let’s Talk Mental Health

It’s 2017 and yet there is still the stigma with Mental Health. You see a violent act on the news and people will instantly say yeah that person must have a mental illness, that they must be psycho or have serious problems.

First of all stop. Realise that Mental Health is a serious issue that needs to be taken seriously. Don’t use the assumption that those who have mental illnesses are crazy, that they are the only ones capable of crime. The media is the main cause for the stigma but when people go along with it, it just makes things worse.

Here’s a statistic for you, One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives

Now I’ll let that sink in, One in four people will have suffered from a mental or neurological disorder at some point in their lives.

In fact, it’s probably more than one in four people, because often those who suffer don’t admit it. They don’t seek the help or medication they require. This is why it is so important to stand up and talk about this.

Someone with depression does not just snap out of it. A person with anxiety does not suddenly get over it.  Hallucinations don’t become less frightening or less believable overnight.

It doesn’t only just affect the mind but also the physical side as well, people start treating themselves differently. They stop looking after themselves and decide not to care. This is a common spiral that goes out of control because whilst you’re not looking after yourself your self-esteem gets lower and lower as well.

When you look at the constant media press regarding a certain celebrity putting on weight or focusing on someone’s physical attributes, not only are they saying it’s wrong to be like that but also suggesting that if you do look like that person by putting on weight etc then you aren’t beautiful. That you aren’t attractive.

When you look at the constant media press regarding a certain celebrity who has gained more weight or focusing on someones physical attributes in a negative way, then not only are they saying if you look like this then you shouldn’t, but also that you aren’t attractive because of it. The problem with the media is exactly this, it gives the idea that people should look a certain way and that if they don’t then they need to change.

This is wrong. We all have so many characteristics inside and out that make us beautiful. Weight doesn’t define you. Your hair colour or body marks doesn’t suggest that you aren’t the right ‘type’ for someone. The imperfections you think you have are the exact reasons why you are beautiful. Everyone needs to focus on this. Everyone needs to tell each other how amazing we all are so that we begin to believe it. So that those suffering believe in themselves.

Stop telling people to get over it and smile. It doesn’t work. It’ll never work.  

If you see someone on social media who is reaching out for someone to talk to them, be that person. A small act of kindness can make a huge difference to someone’s day.

There are many methods in how you can help someone who has a mental illness. Try being there for that person who’s suffering, share your own experiences and don’t let them think they are alone. Most of the time all someone needs is another person who will listen to them. Don’t let anyone feel like they are alone because you never know when one day you’ll need someone.

“Mental illness is not a personal failure. In fact, if anything the failure is the way we have responded to people with Mental Health and brain disorders”

 

For more information on Mental Health or to get advice please go to https://www.mind.org.uk/ or https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

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