Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Why #WorldMentalHealthDay matters

World Mental Health Day

It still blows my mind that thousands of people every day will wake up and feel alone. Millions of people will struggle with their mental health today - an occurrence that happens just as regular as getting a winter cold. And hundreds of people will feel stressed, anxious, depressed, or even all three and more every day.

But, what blows my mind more is that almost all of these people will struggle to find the support they need. Not only does it blow my mind. It makes me really angry, sad and frustrated too. Without the support they need, people might start to feel ashamed, embarrassed or even guilty about how they are feeling. They’ll choose to face their challenges alone for fear of being misjudged.

In the last 25 years, rates of depression in young people have increased by 70%. Students and children struggling with mental health have increased dramatically, with 93% of teachers reporting increased rates of mental illness - 90% of which thought the issues were getting more severe. We’ve seen longer waiting lists and reductions in the number of mental health services being offered. Yet, government funds to help fight these numbers have remained extremely limited. Between 2010 and 2015, mental health trusts saw £598 million cut from their budgets every year, with 40% of NHS trusts also seeing cuts to mental health services.

World Mental Health Day is about making the conversations around mental health louder. People that struggle with their mental health aren’t crazy. People with anxiety aren’t rude. People with depression aren’t lazy. People who have suicidal thoughts are not attention seekers. It’s so important for everyone to teach themselves about mental health in order to help remove the stigma associated with it and start moving things in a positive direction so that no one ever has to feel alone.

YoungMinds are working hard to raise awareness of the number of young people that are still struggling to find the support they need. To help raise awareness and show your support you can donate by texting YMHY00 £5 to 700 70 and help towards their #HellowYello campaign.

And please always remember, you’re never alone.

Samaritans - call 116 123
Mind.org.uk

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