So this week is Radio 2’s Mental Health Week. Firstly, I think it’s actually massive progress that such big names are holding weeks like this to raise awareness that is absolutely needed. Not enough people see mental health as a real issue that needs to be obtained or as something that can be spoken about openly.
I’m here to say that it can be spoken about and it should be, the more people begin to talk about it the faster developments will be made to end the stigma around mental health. No one should feel afraid or ashamed if they are dealing with any type of mental illness, no matter what your age, help is always deserved.
There are more and more people that are finding out that they have a mental illness everyday, and it needs to be spoken about it needs to be recognised and understood. In Britain mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental health disorder. Are people ready to talk about this yet? To address the problem? No, because it’s not taken seriously enough, 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions or help at an sufficiently early age.
If you’re sitting there and are or have been worrying for a while if maybe you need help or may have a mental health disorder, don’t be afraid and ask for help, tell someone, mum, dad, nan, friend? In the long run it will be a lot easier than suffering in silence, speak out!
You can find more about BBC’s mental health week here
If you’re struggling, the Samaritans are always there to listen.