Life and all that jazz

Mental health awareness week

So this year from 8th to 14th May, this week is given dedication to the increasing issues of mental health throughout our society and many other places in the world. The theme picked this year by https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and-videos/mental-health-awareness-week-preview  is based on ‘thriving or surviving’ aimed to make people think about where they are standing with their mental health, or if they have concerns about other individuals they know.

As you will most likely be aware, there are plenty of different mental health conditions out there including; anxiety, bipolar disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, dissociative disorder, eating disorders, hypomania, PTSD, schizophrenia and more.

Yet, it’s such a shame that so many people feel they cannot say anything to others purely because of the stigma created around these ‘imaginary/time consuming’ issues as some people like to call it. The type of individuals who only see a broken leg or something similar as a ‘real’ injury or damaged area in the body because they can see it in front of their own eyes, that that specific part of the body is not fully functioning to it’s optimum level because it requires care to the wound  – surprisingly much like the organ our brain for people with a mental health condition would you guess ???  This type of ignorance and lack of involvement; or driving up the wrong street with a conclusion of their own on a contradictory level, will only  further lead to other symptoms of depression for individuals such as –  those people feeling unsupported, having no sense of direction or purpose, losing interest in things they usually like doing and acting differently around those they know, eating differently, sleeping less/more ( and plenty others ) .

mental health brain

Statistics from www.mentalhealth.org.uk  show us that only a shocking 13% of people reported good mental health this year, over a quarter of people having experienced panic attacks but feel free to go and look for more stats yourself.  Good mental health is absolutely vital for the wholeness of individuals and society as mentioned below ↓

mental health

 

This is very important that we most importantly understand, but also play a large role in our own mental health to help it flourish and grow, and to help others as much as we possibly can without impeding or giving too much of ourselves that we burn out and are unable to help either.  I myself am very familiar with different types of mental health disorders as many of my family and friends have been affected by a variety of these from milder to severe, so I do understand how different each type of condition can cause numerous symptoms you may not have recognised in someone else, I have also personally struggled with 2 of these conditions myself so I am not writing this from an outsider’s viewpoint. If you yourself are reading this and feel you don’t know what to do, or are worried about someone – send me a message and I’ll try to help as much as I can. Not getting the help you need and rightly deserve will only make things worse, make mental health your priority just like heading to your GP about any other problem that’s bothering you, make time to help your head, it will be worth it in the long run!

But for more professional help and medical support here are a few websites below you can check out for in depth info and tips on finding out about and dealing with mental health disorders, or taking some tests to see if you need to take a trip to your doctors, they are there to help support you with your health after all and will surely do what they can to try and find different types of treatment for you, whether that be a type of talking therapy, or a medicine to help you balance your day to day life a little easier .

Now for my extremely cheesy sentence I have just partly stolen……. don’t just survive, help yourself and others thrive! 

https://www.blurtitout.org/

https://www.mind.org.uk/

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/mental-health-and-stigma/types-problems

http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/mentalhealth/Pages/Mentalhealthhome.aspx

http://www.samaritans.org/

Lots of love from Lottie x

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