It’s ‘Mental Health Month’ and here at Access we want to be a big part of it. Throughout May we have an ongoing project using our social media accounts to bring awareness to the taboo subject and tackle it head on. It is very important to us that our students, staff and those around them, understand that mental health is just as important as physical health. One is nothing without the other.
From stress and anxiety to body dysmorphic disorder and OCD, there is such a wide variety of mental health issues with everyone’s experiences being different. They come in all shapes and sizes and we are here to tell you that it’s okay to struggle with any one of them. It’s okay to have a bad day and it’s certainly okay to talk about it. Easier said than done, we know, but taking that step to talk to somebody, a family member, friend or professional advisor, will undoubtedly help on the journey to a happier you.
Nowadays, you don’t need to suffer in silence as there are constant campaigns, self-help services and an increasing awareness of what it means to suffer with your mental health. Project 84, a mental health campaign, was put in place to remind everyone that 84 men a week will take their own lives, often as a result of struggling with their mental health. ITV unveiled 84 sculptures across the This Morning Tower and the ITV Studios building in hope to get people talking about the prominent issue. It worked tremendously well in grabbing the attention of the UK.
Recently, TV dramas are highlighting mental health issues in their storylines. One of these, was the recent struggle of character, Aidan Connor, in popular soap Coronation Street, who have been the first to present this issue on our screens. This has provoked substantial awareness and acknowledgment, that similar difficulties are faced by too many people and it’s time to speak out. The world is now becoming a lot less afraid to address the problem of mental health allowing people to be more open with their feelings and actively look for help.
Below we have listed some helpful services for people to contact if they are struggling and don’t feel like they can speak to family or friends.
Make mental health a priority and talk to someone about how your feeling.
- Anxiety UK: 03444 775 774 or www.anxietyuk.org.uk
- CALM: for men aged 15 to 35 www.thecalmzone.net
- Depression Alliance: www.depressionalliance.org
- Mental Health Foundation: www.mentalhealth.org.uk
- Mind: 0300 123 3393 or www.mind.org.uk
- Samaritans: 116 123 or www.samaritans.org.uk