The rise in mental health awareness has increased and improved in London, (United Kingdom in general has), you have numerous amount of people in the limelight talking about these issues. From the Government Officials, to The Royal Family giving public talking and investment in charities, plus the on-going list of Famous Celebrities.
This post is going to talk about the improvement, importance, and the steps you can take in order for you to take control.
In the last decade from 2013, studies have shown that the publics attitude towards mental health has improved immensely. Still work to be done to fight discrimination and stigma, but overall charities and programmes have been fighting for years and still are. Hopefully the fight will be over soon.
In recent years we’ve seen thousands of people starting to speak out, challenging big high street brands that have fuelled stigma and sharing their own experiences to help shift perceptions. . . However, we shouldn’t underestimate the task ahead of securing long lasting, irreversible and far-reaching changes in attitudes, behaviour, policies and systems . We will have reached our goal when someone can openly share their diagnosis of depression, schizophrenia or bipolar on a first date or at a job interview without fear of a negative reaction.
Here are a few numbers to put things into perspective.
- A 6% rise in willingness to “continue a relationship with a friend with a mental health problem” (82% to 88%)
- A 7% rise in willingness to “work with someone with a mental health problem” (69% to 76%)
- A 5% rise in willingness to “live nearby to someone with a mental health problem” (72% to 77%)
- A 5% rise in willingness to ‘live with someone with a mental health problem’ (57% to 62%)
Minister for Care and Support, Norman Lamb MP, invested £15.3 million into Time To Change.
Survey shows greatest improvement in public attitudes to mental health in 20 years (Mind, 2014).
The challenging life that we all face, no matter what either one of us does. If it is easy or not. One does struggle, and you are allowed to feel this way. It is important for you to take care of those feelings though, and make sure you are not struggling alone.
You would be very surprised, into how much help is out there.
If you know anyone who is suffering alone, be there for them, help them. Acknowledge the difficulty they must face, on a day to day basis. Guide them, take them to places they love, or even listen to them. The most important help you can give, are your ears.
One way you can step forward is searching online, with enclosing yourself in sharing.
Becoming more open, will not only allow yourself to hear but to understand. As millions of others will be going through or have gone through what you may be feeling or experiencing.
Such as; Time To Change:
You could share a blog story to raise awareness. You could sign up to receive Time To Change emails. And, you might want to add your name to our pledge wall, joining the thousands of people who are taking small steps to be more open about mental health.
Tel: 020 8215 2356
Time To Change
Or; We’re All Mad Here:
Claire Eastham is a best-selling Author and award-winning mental health blogger, fast becoming known for her hit blog “We’re Mad Here”.
Regarded as one of the UK’s forerunning mental health bloggers,. . .
Drawing on her own experiences to talk about social anxiety and panic attacks, . . . is known for her relatable and honest approach, . . .
Furthermore check out an incredible list of books, that might heal your thoughts – by Sadie Trombetta ; “10 Books About Mental Illness To Read in 2018”:
- “Everything Here Is Beautiful” by Mira T. Lee
- “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions” by Johann Hari
- “A Kind Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story About Schizophrenia” by Sandra Allen
- “Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss” by Stephanie Wittels Wachs (Feb. 26)
- “The Kevin Show: An Olympic Athlete’s Battle With Mental Illness” by Mary Pilon (March 6)
- “The Astonishing Colour of After” by Emily X.R. Pan (March 20)
- “Defying the Verdict: My Bipolar Life” by Charita Cole Brown (April 3)
- “The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath” by Lesile Jamison (April 3)
- “First, We Make the Best Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety” by Sarah Wilson (April 24)
- “The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery” by Barbara K.Lipska with Elaine McArdle
For Any Help OR Information OR To Get Involved, Click These Links:
- A-Z Mental Health
- Mind – 0300 123 3393, 9am – 6pm, Mon – Fri (except Bank Holidays). Advises on a range of mental health issues
- Mental Health Awareness
- Green Ribbon
- Test Stress