Lets Talk Mental Health

This is a blog post I’ve wanted to publish for a long time. Countless times I have typed up blog posts about this ‘taboo’ subject, but countless times I’ve discarded them and never managed to upload anything I have written.

But after Tim Berling AKA Avicci’s family released a statement about his death being suicide, I felt it was the right time to finally write and publish this blog post.

When any ‘celebrity’ commits suicide, it reminds you again that not even success and money can make you truly happy. It makes you question the meaning of success, and what it means to you as an individual. But I think it proves that success for a lot of people is not what you accomplish in life or even the balance of your bank account.

What more do we really want in life? Happiness, really, isn’t it? To feel happy every day.

So,
Mental health.

We all know there’s a tremendous amount of stigma surrounding mental health, but for me, here is the real issue;

When we feel poorly with for example a chesty cold or bad headaches, we go to the doctor. When we have a toothache, we see a dentist. When we break bones we can go to A&E and we can call an ambulance for other, more serious health issues.

But where do we go and who do we turn to when we’re experiencing agonising emotional pain and feel like the only way out would be to take our own life?

Unfortunately I know first hand how hard it is to get professional help. I visited a doctor, who told me to refer myself to the therapists through the NHS, but straight away I was put onto a waiting list. It took a year for me to finally see a therapist. A whole year.

Could you imagine waiting a whole year in A&E for someone to treat your broken arm? Could you imagine needing your wisdom teeth out but the soonest they could do it was in one years time?

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health and emotional pain is just as painful as physical pain. In both situations we’re in pain and need help. There really is no difference between the two.

We’re neglected by the health care system. Don’t get me wrong, the therapists do an amazing job. My therapist was lovely and I cannot thank him enough. It’s not their fault that sadly people are placed onto a list and have to suffer in the meantime.

In my opinion there is no difference between the two. Two people, both in pain. Two people who both need help. And yet someone with a toothache can receive care and attention a whole lot quicker than someone who is going through something which is more painful but just less visible. When you put things into perspective like that, it just doesn’t make sense does it?

Suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 years in England and Wales. 1 in 4 people report to have a mental health problem at some point and yet it remains in the shadow. No one wants to speak about it because it’s sad. Even those with lots of friends and family find it hard to speak to them.

It needs to be spoken about in schools, colleges and the workplace. We need to change the perception of the matter and make it ok to speak out.

No Stigma Attached

More needs to be done regarding mental health but until our government stop failing people and provide more funding, we all need to change. Change our way of thinking about mental health. There’s still hope.

1 in 4 people suffer at some point remember…

We all go through turmoil in life. There will unfortunately be a time in all our lives where we may be lonely or feel lonely, but isolation only provokes mental illness. We all have different ways of dealing with things that happen to us but we all need to stop lying to each other. If someone asks you if you’re okay and you’re really not okay, tell them… open up. Honestly, we can all relate with one another in some way. Speaking to someone is sometimes the hardest part, but we’re reminded that we’re not alone, and sometimes, as horrible as it is to know others are suffering, it’s brings a sense of relief that you’re not the only one going through a hard time… you’re not going crazy.

We all have mental and physical health, whether it’s good or bad.
But don’t be alone with it.
Because there’s nothing more exhausting than pretending you’re okay when you’re not.

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shannonmclarke94

I’m really not your average girl. I’m pretty random, pretty spontaneous. I’m fascinated with the universe, the planets, spiritualism, meditation, the law of attraction. I will always remember that one massive book in my nans ‘library’ room that was all about planets. I’d lose myself in it for hours! It’s mind-blowing how we are just one planet in a massive universe – but I’ll probably end up writing a separate blog post about this matter because I could go on and on. I love makeup but I love football more. I look like a girly girl but I’m a tomboy at heart. From a young age I’ve been brought up around football. Credit to my dad for that one who even took me to my first football match aged 8 months old at my home team, Portsmouth’s Fratton Park. I was surrounded by it constantly and just grew to love it and the way football is played. I’ve spent many of my days at Fratton park or stood on the side of a football pitch watching my little brother and dads football team play. Id consider myself creative – sometimes my overactive mind drives me crazy with little ideas. I have to write now to get a lot of it out. I’ll happily sit there for hours colouring fine detail pictures or just sketching. It’s really therapeutic if I’m honest. Sometimes I just want to become a hippy and not be apart of the outside world or be tied in with the government. Not saying I’m one for politics and I don’t really know enough about it to have much of a say on it but when I put things into perspective with the government and a lot of their rules, laws and “systems” it does really piss me off! I just want everyone to be chilled and loving lol but it’s an unrealistic want when I struggle to even get a smile back from the general public when I’m out. I know it’s easier said than done, especially when people are dealing with shit in their lives, but I think if everyone was a little more upbeat and open and commutated with each other, the world would be a much better place. I love music. All different kinds of music really, dependant on my mood.. like most people really. My favourite has to be reggae, techno, dnb & hip-hop. I grew up dancing to techno and hip hop music as I competed in freestyle disco and street dance. I think that’s one reason I love a rave so much. And as for reggae, I listened to that whilst in the womb. Bob Marley, like many, is my all-time favourite. I could sit and watch videos about him all day, especially interviews – I love his voice.

6 thoughts on “Lets Talk Mental Health

  1. It’s not just the UK were this is a problem either. This is a real problem in Australia too.
    People really need to start taking mental health seriously and letting those around them know that it is ok to open up, be vulnerable and lean on others.
    Finding a good psychologist for me was really hard, it was so difficult to find someone who I could connect with and open up to that I ended up not looking for one.
    Thank you for sharing this important piece.

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    1. Thanks for reading & replying. I completely agree – it’s a worldwide issue it seems. It needs to be taken a lot more seriously. I hope you’re doing ok and you managed to find a good therapist. Always here to chat! x

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  2. Great article! I worked in the construction industry as a whs advisor and mental health issues contributed to so many issues and suicides. More needs to be done of course but it’s great people are talking about it more openly now.

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    1. Thank you!! I think it’s the best we can do at the moment. Yes it’s so hard to get help but if we all opened up maybe people wouldn’t feel as isolated with it as they do. Thanks so much for reading xxx

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