Today, 10th October is MIND World Mental Health Day.  Let’s bust some myths about mental health.  How would YOU like to get involved?

IMPORTANT.  How Are You Today?

No, really, it’s a serious question.  How ARE you?  Happy, sad, something in between?  Feeling positive about the future, we hope?  Perhaps things are going well – or maybe they could be a bit better.  Or, possibly a lot better.  There’s another day stretching out in front of you.  Yet one more day of feeling nothing, of doing very little for yourself but everything for someone else.

Day-in, day-out, with little respite.

We understand that caring for someone can be very stressful and isolating.  A perfect storm, dark clouds in your head even on a sunny day. These are difficult circumstances for you, and they can affect your mental health in dramatic ways.  And, “feeling nothing” can be a sign of depression, one of the most common mental health issues in the UK today.

If this is you, we’re sorry to hear it.

At Carers Support, we always say this but it’s true: we’re here for you.  Always.  We have a helpline (0300 028 8888) and we offer a range of services to support you during hard times.

We aim to give you some sunshine, even for a short while.

MIND World Mental Health Day

Thursday 10th October marks World Mental Health Day.

Spearheaded by MIND in the UK, but observed in an impressive 150 countries, this very special day was founded in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health. It’s all about global mental health education, as well as fighting the social stigma that surrounds these issues.

When it comes to everyone’s mental health, ignorance is NOT bliss.

There are loads of different themes for each annual event.  This year’s is “Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention”, so watch out for some features about this on the television and radio, as well as on social media.  In fact, here’s a useful link to the Facebook page:

Good Health for All

Thousands of supporters throughout the world come together to celebrate this annual awareness programme.  And, we should all take it seriously. Our mental health has major implications and knock-on effects for every part of our lives: how we function on a daily basis, how we interact with others, our jobs, relationships, health – everything.

We lose too many good people to suicide, either due to depression or other mental health problems.  World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness of the need for better care and support for those in need, and that everyone who needs to reach out is treated positively, and with respect.

About MIND in the UK

The MIND charity is amazing.

In a nutshell, they focus on enabling everyone with mental health problems to have access to the services they need quickly and easily.  How?  Through campaigns to enable better primary care from a GP, improved awareness of housing needs, support and care programmes after leaving hospital, improved benefits information and so on.

The high-profile “Heads Together” campaign with our young Royals is a MIND initiative, which proves how important what goes on in our heads really is.

You may also have heard of MIND’s “Time to Change” campaign, encouraging us all to re-think our perceptions of mental illness and to end discrimination faced by those who experience these challenges.

What Are Mental Health Issues?

Depression, which we’ve started to describe at the start of this article is sadly all too common.  But there are numerous others, including a range of personality disorders, eating or sleeping problems, panic attacks, phobias, and so on.

Some are more serious than others, but they’re all REAL.  And, with the right support, they can all be treated or managed:

And what about those misconceptions we mentioned earlier?

Here’s just a few

Anxiety isn’t “attention-seeking”. It’s anxiety.  It’s a mental health condition and it’s A Thing.

People with mental health issues are not dangerous.  They’re just not as well as they should be, and no more likely to be violent than anyone else.

One in four of us will suffer from mental health issues at some stage in our lives.  Yes, that’s quite a lot.

There are degrees of mental health problems.  As with almost everything, mental illness is on a sliding scale.

You can’t just “snap out of it”.  We won’t even comment on that one!

There IS hope and with support, therapy and care, we can reduce or even eliminate mental health problems.  We can indeed.

If you’re suffering, there are people out there who can help.  Your GP should be the first person you speak to. Call the surgery.  Call them today.