May 10th – May16th is Mental Health Awareness Week.
There has been so much in the media during the lockdown period about how the nation’s mental health has been affected by the need to stay home and protect others. This has taken its toll, but the good news is that there is help out there if you need it – just reach out!
1 in 4 of us will be affected by mental health issues every year in the UK. But they can still be a scary or little known subject. The Mental Health UK charity site is designed to help you understand – and start talking about – some of the most common conditions.
Experiencing any type of mental health ill health is nothing to be ashamed of. We want to break down the barriers of the taboo which have already begun.
More and more people are starting to talk about their experiences, showing it is okay to talk and really is okay to not be okay.
The Mental Health Awareness week website https://mentalhealth-uk.org/ has many really sensible suggestions about getting help. You can find information about support groups, get advice about money problems due to your health and also gives simple information about mental health and mental illness as well as how to seek support with their ‘On the Inside’ Information guides which describe how “ordinary people” feel about their mental health state.
So, if you are feeling that you can’t cope or that no-one understands, do search the internet for the Mental Health UK site or find their facebook page. Help is closer than you think!