I’d love to say I have no interest in the #brightenup for Blooming Monday awareness day this year because I’m cured of all mental health concerns. But, I can’t and I won’t.
While it’s true that the black dog has kindly left me be for the most part of the last 6 months, there have been occasional days of constant tears for no reason; a few days of not caring that I’m alive; several days of self-doubt and utter worthlessness. But, those days passed and I’m still very much alive to share that fact:)
These more pleasant months have been coupled, and, in truth maybe due to, a reduction in stress factors. Stella, though a very poorly girl is still fighting on with the help of a magnetic collar and therefore enjoying regular exercise again. This has eased my worries about her a little and in turn I’ve been looking forward to taking her out. The stress reduction has also eased the frequency of dizzy migraines so I’m enjoying the extra exercise too and trying to enjoy eating more healthily as I fight the flab gained in my own poorly years.
But still people are not taking mental health seriously; I was saddened to see the following tweet last week:
“I’m not sure why mental illness is the in thing. It makes me so confused that it’s almost trendy to have anxiety, manic depression etc.”
A few people, including myself responded with the fact that in no way was having a mental health disorder trendy and all of us would gladly swap it with someone that felt it would be!
Maybe ‘hot topic’ would be a more apt phrase as I’m sure the person didn’t mean to cause offence, but, as I said to her, we have to encourage talking about it, it’s the healthier option to feeling isolated and ashamed.
I’ll be in the office in a red Christmas jumper to #brightenup the day but you can also support Mental Health Research UK and their fundraising by simply texting BLOO22 (followed by the amount you’d like to donate) to 70070.
From the MHRUK website:
Did you know:
- Approximately 450 million people worldwide have a mental health problem
- At least 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives and some estimates are as high as 1 in 2
- At least a third of all families include someone who is currently mentally ill
- Depression – the leading cause of disability worldwide – will be the single biggest medical burden on healthcare by 2020
- 1 in 12 children and young people deliberately self-harm
- Approximately 40,000 cases annually of self-harm by children and young people result in hospitalisation
I know I say it every year, but, if you’re the one in four please don’t be afraid to talk about how you’re feeling with somebody. I promise most people aren’t as ignorant as that silly girl on Twitter.
And, if you know someone that you believe is suffering in some way, please do your best to encourage them to talk about it. Either to you, or to their family, or preferably, their doctor.