It’s Mental Health Awareness week and I have planned and written a post for each and every day! Today I will be talking about what mental health is and how it affects people.
Here is a photograph of my 4-year-old Amelia and the sign we have made to help raise awareness for Mental Health Week 2019.
What is mental health?
There is no definitive definition of Mental Health. Mental Health is simply made up of factors of our wellbeing, it is the ability to have healthy cognition and perception of life. Mental Health is being able to live and function in everyday society it is not a steady continuum and it will fluctuate during certain points in an individual’s life. To maintain good mental health, you must have a good combination of contributing factors such as biological, social and psychologic.
Nobody’s mental health experience is the same, even if they are both suffering from the same problem. Mental health disorders will be diagnosed if distinguishing symptoms persist. Mental health disorders can vary from Depression to Kleptomania.
How Mental Health Affects people.
Not everybody finds it very easy to talk about Mental Health Problems very openly. Some people go undiagnosed for years due to not wanting to be judged or out of fear of diagnosis. Not all diagnosis’ are straight forward, and everybody has a different experience with finding that diagnosis. It would be impossible for me to tell you how everybody who suffers mental health problems feels, due to the fact there are so many different disorders and I can not speak for everybody, especially the disorder’s I do not suffer from.
I can say with complete confidence that many ill mental health sufferers feel alone. Their disorders can make them feel isolated and a person can be judged for the bad stigma that surrounds mental health. They may feel low and some to a point of feeling suicidal due to being ‘misunderstood.’ And that is why it is so important to help raise awareness and tell these people that they are not alone. We are here for you and YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
How can you help?
There are many thing you can do to help the community and people around you who may be suffering.
Get educated! – Do you want to help but don’t really know much about Mental Health? Why not do some research and educate yourself on some of the disorders, this will really help a friend or family member who is suffering as you will start to understand what they have to live with.
Share your story! – If you are suffering a Mental Health Disorder, then speak up. Talk about your experiences, this can help other people understand, and be more aware of the mental health problems that people are suffering from.
Check on people around you! – Just because somebody looks okay on the outside doesn’t mean they are. It is way too easy to put on a fake smile, look out for your loved ones and make sure they know that you are there for them.
Spread the word! – Simply talking about mental health in a sensitive tone can help break the negative stigma that surrounds it!
Why did I decide to talk openly about my Mental Health?
I have never had great mental health but within the last year, I have had a big drop that nothing could have ever prepared me for. Before my big fluctuation, I was very much supportive of the Mental Health community and would try to help out where and whenever I could.
I realized I was already growing a community in my blog and that I could be able to help other people who read my blog. I still don’t feel 100% comfortable talking openly about certain aspects of my Mental Health but with each post I write, I feel like I take away some of the power it holds over me. My Mental Health doesn’t define me, it is a part of me that I will eventually learn to live with. I am not my Mental Health.
I want to inspire other sufferer’s to speak out and be able to advise them. I want to raise awareness and help break the stigma that surrounds mental health.
Close up of our poster!
Don’t be judgemental, learn to listen, support and help those who are suffering.
As always I am always willing to chat to anyone who needs to talk, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me via any of my social media pages. I can provide a listening ear and a supportive friend. You will not be judged and our conversation will be 100% confidential. I am not a professional and I can not give you professional advice but I would hate for anybody to feel like they’re alone and have nobody to talk to.
I have wrote a blog post for everyday of the week for Mental Health Awareness week, each day covering a different topic. Tommorow’s blog post is now available here.
The Topic is: My Blog and Me