The first step to accepting and understanding Mental Health is to know what it is. This is a journey and post we’ll learn together.
Simply put it’s the psychological and emotional well-being of a person.
This is what MIND say about MH:
In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.
Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you’re frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.
Some of the statistics regarding MH as according to the Mental Health Organisation are as followed:
- In England women are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders as men.
- In 2017, 5,821 suicides were recorded in Great Britain. Of these, 75% were male and 25% were female.
- Suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 years in England and Wales.
- 1 in 6.8 people are experience mental health problems in the workplace.
- Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions.
- 1 in 8 adults in the UK have experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings because of concerns about their body image.
Learning these numbers was shocking. Especially the ones relating to Work Life. 1 in 6.8 people is the one that hit me. At work there is 7 of us in our team. Which means one of us is likely to experience something. But due to the stigma attached to MH, people do their best to hide it from the world. Which isn’t healthy at all. There is not shame in admitting you’ve lost a step or two.
I often think this about Work, but it could also be applied to Life I guess. “It’s such a easy thing, but it’s made complicated by people and their actions. If everyone was honest and easygoing there wouldn’t be a problem” If people weren’t afraid to open up, or if people were accepting of MH and didn’t look at it with disgust or horror the world would be a healthier, happier place.
The stats are horrific and as a society and race we need to make a change. We can’t have this level of suffering, this level of uncomfortableness. Change is needed. Remove the Stigma and live our best lives to our fullest potential.