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Taking Mental Health Seriously

December 20, 2016

A few years ago now I got diagnosed with mental health problems. At the time I was pretty embarrassed of it, and didn’t really speak up much about it. Once I decided to I learnt that actually a lot of my friends had similar problems, and really there isn’t much of a stigma around them. 

In fact mental health is a lot more common than I first thought, with 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental illness each year. But still there’s not a lot of awareness of mental health issues. I know personally I’ve struggled in the past to get help for mine, and I’ve found it’s often because there’s a lack of funding or research into mental health in young people. It often felt like I was fighting a never ending battle with my GP to even be put forward for CBT, and I honestly think it’s down to a lack of awareness, and I know a lot of my friends have had similar problems. 

I came across this infographic from MQ Mental Health Charity and thought it raised some interesting points about mental health, particularly about the funding constraints meaning that some people aren’t receiving the treatment and support that they need. 

MQ Mental Health are a charity that are all about understanding mental health, ensuring that it is treated, and ultimately prevented. And with the help of their supporters they can understand better mental health. Personally I am very keen to get involved with with supporting such a great charity, if you’d like to as well you can find more information here


2 responses to “Taking Mental Health Seriously”

  1. elizabeth says:

    Thank you so much for sharing, it's so lovely to know I'm not alone and to read the statistics! I suffer from very severe anxieties and feel unwell a lot of the time, but I am doing better being on Sertaline and having had CBT 😀 I love CBT, I learned so many useful ways of looking at things! Your blog is so darling, I can't wait to read more xxelizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara(lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

  2. Emma Carney says:

    Fabulous post! We really do need to speak out more. It is easy to think your alone sometimes X

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