Thursday, 4 February 2016

Lets Talk About Mental Health

"4-10% of people in England will experience depression in their lifetime." To put that into perspective, England has a population of around 64,949,051 according to statistics from 2015. That means, based upon that figure between 2,597,962 and 6,494,905 people from the 2015 statistics would experience depression in their lifetime. That truly shocked me.

This is a touchy subject, a taboo to some, yet I want to talk about it I want to touch upon these sensitive subjects to get rid of the stigma and fear that often causes us to avoid speaking about them, not only this but I want us to overcome the obstacle which is us not knowing what to say when talking about mental health or to anyone with a mental heal issue.

Many people worry about saying the wrong thing when it comes to mental illness, friends and loved ones may or may not want to talk about their mental health issues with you or you may not want to talk to them about yours but it is important that no matter which way round it is, you must know that you don't have to avoid the subject.

Online questionnaires about mental health are very popular amongst those who do believe they are suffering from some form of mental health issue, I myself have taken a few in my life time and they are said to be very inaccurate when it comes to what their results say. I must stress this, if you do believe you are suffering or just want to make sure, please confide in someone you truly trust and visit your doctor.

The truth is, we fear what goes on in our heads so we shy away from talking about it, we box it up and keep it all inside. But there is also the truth that mental health issues though at the time we see them as abnormal, they are not rare.

Lets talk about mental health.

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