Mental Health Awareness Week – 8th-14th May 2017

We have decided to compile a list of ten things everyone should know about mental health for mental health awareness week. Hopefully this information will have a lasting effect on you and help show that mental health awareness is important all year round.

  1. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
  2. Mental health issues affect around one in four people in Britain, and range from common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, to more rare problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. A mental health problem can feel just as bad, or worse, as any other physical illness – only you cannot see it.
  3. Depression is more than just feeling sad as there are many people that suffer from depression that appear happy on the outside but feel completely different on the inside.
  4. When people gather the courage to tell you they have a mental health condition it is important to handle it with care and respect, it took a lot for them to share that with you.
  5. Suffering from a mental health condition is difficult because it’s hidden most of the time so please avoid comments such as ‘but you look fine’ or ‘you don’t look like you have a mental health condition’
  6. One in ten young people will experience a mental health condition which is why it is important to raise awareness in schools and within youth groups etc.
  7. Nearly three in four young people fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health issues.
  8. Mental health conditions do not affect one specific type of person. It can affect everyone, and the severity depends on the individual.
  9. It is likely we all work with at least one person that experiences a mental health condition. In fact mixed anxiety and depression have been estimated to cause one fifth of days lost from work in Britain.
  10. If you feel that you need help, there are lots of resources available to support those with mental health conditions on the Healthwatch Portsmouth website. http://www.healthwatchportsmouth.co.uk/services?tid=3&field_keywords_value=&distance%5Bpostal_code%5D=&distance%5Bsearch_distance%5D=0&distance%5Bsearch_units%5D=km&=Find

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