Here’s a few news stories and a few of my views… All about mental health.
There’s been quite a lot in the news recently, mainly because of World Mental Health Day at the beginning of the week. This article includes a very good and concise list of 10 tips for looking after your mental health. It also includes a lot of facts about depression, including the rather shocking statistic that the number one cause of death for males aged 20 to 49 in England and Wales is suicide. We know that traditionally, men are less likely to talk about their feelings and bottle things up. I myself am trying to be more open about my feelings, particularly through my writing on this blog.
This week I honoured World Mental Health Day by expressing my desire to End the Stigma, but particularly my own stigma. I feel like I should be able to cope and that I’m not really ill. It seems it’s not just me, and that High Functioning Mental Illness and the stigma of ‘Not being sick enough‘ is a real thing. We should believe everyone with a mental illness – no matter how bad they seem. The article argues that we shouldn’t let people slip through the cracks and we should stop people from getting worse rather than only offering help when it’s gone too far, when people aren’t functioning. I also enjoyed reading this article all about improving mental health conditions in the workplace, a must read if you manage anyone! This understanding from bosses, colleagues and workplaces would be greatly beneficial, helping those in need and helping to end stigma and increase understanding.
Lastly, I will mention the BBC Ouch podcast all about ‘Coming Out‘. For me it started off with the controversial question – ‘Is it now the case that everyone is so comfortable with their mental health that they will happily talk about it loudly and proudly?’ And of course for me, and many others who I’ve met through blogging, the answer is no! They read out a long list of celebrities who have recently opened up to us ordinary folk about their depression and anxiety. And that the fact that now there is a greater expectation that celebrities will tell all and share their lives through social media. There was also a really interesting discussion about differences between men and women sharing their stories, the dangers of oversharing and the different reactions you get. I definitely recommend you listen – they pack a lot in to 20 minutes!
What do you think about these news stories? Do you have any other news stories you think I should know about?