World Mental Health Awareness Day 2019
The 10th October marks our annual World Mental Health Awareness day. The mental health stigma has grown at an exponential rate over the past five years. The meaning of this day is to spread awareness and educate the world about the struggles many of us face on a day-to-day basis.
Every year on this day, there is a theme surrounding mental health. This year the primary focus is psychological first aid to help prevent suicide. Tragically, 800,000 people each year take their own lives – people of all ages. The UK’s mental health system is slowly becoming better, but this is just for those who are experiencing mild to moderate illnesses. Those who are classed with a high mental illness, are struggling to find sufficient help and these people are likely experiencing suicidal thoughts on a daily basis.
We live in a fast-paced and hardworking society. We spend the majority of our lives working to make money so that we can keep a roof over our heads. Yet, financial problems are very prominent and are one of the main causes of developing mental health issues – despite the benefits that are offered like Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Among this, we must maintain good and stable physical health, relationships with friends and family and other common day-to-day issues, and it can be overwhelming.
It is okay to admit you’re struggling, we all are to some degree. Mental health is very common in today’s society and many of us have built a better understanding of it whether we have experienced it or not. Seeking help and speaking up is one of the key paths to take to battle mental health. There should be no fear of being ridiculed or disregarded by those we seek, and despite how much our minds might talk us out of it, the outcome of opening up will make a huge difference.
From teenagers to the elderly, we all have our battles. Statistics show that 1 in 4 of the population experiences some form of mental health disorder. This a lot of people considering there are almost 67 million of us living in the UK today.
Luckily, the is a huge amount of support out there. From mental health services to simply the use of the internet and social media. We can contact and reach out to others and this can help realise we are not alone. But, what about those who don’t use the internet or social media? Who truly do feel alone. Adults over 60 are just susceptible to mental health disorders as anyone else. They are likely battling issues derived from the loss of loved ones (loneliness), past trauma, and changes and declines in health.
Change is another big contributor to mental health. Things change when we lose someone when we move house when we lose money – it can be hard to adapt. It is key to find new meanings and experience new things. Change can be hard to adapt to, however, we must adapt with it to avoid feeling stuck.
Useful resources for mental health:
- Visiting your local GP
- The NHS mental health services
- Samaritans– Available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
- Age UK
- Alzheimer’s society
We also recommend being as active as possible, maintaining a healthy diet, and reconnect with the world by trying new things to rebuild that positive path.
The Create Escape by Blue Badge Company
At Blue Badge Company, we do everything in our power to design and create wellbeing products to support people struggling with visible and invisible disabilities. We will be holding a creative wellbeing workshop called The Create Escape at the Easton Community Centre in Bristol. Come join us on Wednesday 20th November 2019 to experience our new helpful products, get creative with trinkets and crafts and facilitate in discussions about mental wellbeing. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.
Invisible disabilities are there. Most of us will experience mental health at some point in our lifetime. We spend the majority of our time in our heads and so we must make it a healthy and happy place to be.