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Mental Health Awareness Week – 14th -20th May 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week – 14th -20th May 2018

Mental health– we’ve all got it!!! Sometimes our mental health is doing just fine and life and all we experience is positive and yet; there may be times when we find it difficult to cope and we struggle to manage or control our thoughts and feelings.

Feelings of being anxious, depressed (Winston Churchill called this his ‘black dog’), feeling stressed, sad, ‘blue’ or hopeless are common and if you are experiencing difficulties with your mental health then know that you are not alone!

Mental Health problems can affect many of us and approximately 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem each year.

Money, fame and fortune are not enough to protect us from having mental health issues and here are some famous people that have spoken openly about their own mental health:

• Justin Bieber: Justin Bieber spoke to NME about how fame had a negative effect on his mental health: “I’m struggling just to get through the days. I think a lot of people are This life can rip you apart. [I get depressed] all the time. And I feel isolated. You’re in your hotel room and there are fans all around, paparazzi following you everywhere, and it gets intense. When you can’t go anywhere or do anything alone you get depressed. I would not wish this upon anyone.

• Adele: “I have anxiety attacks, constant panicking on stage, my heart feels like it’s going to explode because I never feel like I’m going to deliver, ever,” Adele reveals.

Just realising that other people experience poor mental health can be re-assuring but sometimes we need more than just knowing that others can identify with us; we need HELP!

Each year Mental Health Awareness Week gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues and how they affect people, increasing understanding and reducing the stigma around mental health. The focus this year is based around ‘stress’.

Stress and You:

Lots of things can cause stress, including work, relationships and money problems. Stress can affect how you feel, think, behave and how your body works – from how well you sleep to your immune system. In the short-term that’s not really a bad thing, but long-term stress puts your health at risk. NHS.Uk

So what kind of HELP is available? Why not take a look or listen to the following :

An information hub offering young people advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress.

https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/youth-mental-health/Pages/Youth-mental-health-help.aspx

Moodzone – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/

Young Minds: www.youngminds.org.uk/

Guide to CAMHS: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/your-guide-to-support/guide-to-camhs/