So today is Saturday the 10th of October 2015, and that means that it is world mental health day.
We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings will be gone pretty much as soon as they came. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.
There are many different conditions that are recognised as mental illnesses. The more commonly recognised types of mental illnesses include: anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, mood disorders, addictions, personality disorders and OCD.
One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem at any time. This can have a huge impact on the lives of people and their families all around the world, and can affect their ability to sustain relationships, work, or just get through the day.
However, There’s a stigma attached to mental health problems. This means that people feel uncomfortable about them and don’t talk about them much. Many people don’t even feel comfortable talking about their feelings, which is very unhealthy, to keep everything bottled up inside. But it’s healthy to know and say how you’re feeling. Stigma is preventing people from getting the help they need and deserve.
Today, being world mental health day, we needed to bring awareness about, and make mental health a talked about thing so people aren't afraid to seek help.
The best way to deal with a problem is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Here's an example relating to mental health- by providing the right information, guidance and support in childhood and teenage years, the chances of developing mental health problems can be reduced for millions of people across the world.
We only get one life to live and no one should be spending their time suffering, especially if it is battling their own mind!