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Welcome to Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from today (12th May) until the 18th. The general idea of the week is to raise even more awareness because there are a lot of people in the world who have no idea what Mental Health is or how it can easily affect a member of their family. The reason why my blog is raising awareness is because I have a Mental Health. I don’t think my blog will change the way the world looks at MH or respects it, but as long as I can bring some awareness, I’ve done what I intended.

Mental Health isn’t a joke and that’s part of why my blog is taking part in the week. It’s not something which will get you attention and if you’re using it for that exact reason, I would quit now. It’s a serious matter. A matter which most are blind to..

What is Mental Health? 

According to mentalhealth.org.uk, Mental Health doesn’t just mean that you don’t have a mental health problem.

If you’re in good mental health, you can:

  • Make the most of your potential
  • Cope with life
  • Play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends

Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical health.

Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.

Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time.

Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.

There’s a stigma attached to mental health problems. This means that people feel uncomfortable about them and don’t talk about them much. Many people don’t even feel comfortable talking about their feelings. But it’s healthy to know and say how you’re feeling.

What are Mental Health problems?

Mental health problems range from the worries we all experience as part of everyday life to serious long-term conditions. The majority of people who experience mental health problems can get over them or learn to live with them, especially if they get help early on.

Mental health problems are usually defined and classified to enable professionals to refer people for appropriate care and treatment. But some diagnoses are controversial and there is much concern in the mental health field that people are too often treated according to or described by their label. This can have a profound effect on their quality of life. Nevertheless, diagnoses remain the most usual way of dividing and classifying symptoms into groups.

Most mental health symptoms have traditionally been divided into groups called either ‘neurotic’ or ‘psychotic’ symptoms. ‘Neurotic’ covers those symptoms which can be regarded as severe forms of ‘normal’ emotional experiences such as depression, anxiety or panic. Conditions formerly referred to as ‘neuroses’ are now more frequently called ‘common mental health problems.’

Mental Health isn’t a joke. It’s very serious. It’s not something to pretend about.

If you happen to be reading this and if you suffer from a Mental Health, you’re not on your own. It’s more common than you think. If you haven’t spoken to anyone about it, my advice would be to speak to your doctor.

What’s coming up on Mental Health Awareness Week?

  • Today: An introduction to Mental Health
  • Tuesday: Best selling author Graeme Simsion talks about Mental Health in Fiction
  • Wednesday: Amanda Talks
  • Thursday: Review of Another Night, Another Day by Sarah Rayner, plus she talks about Mental Health in Fiction
  • Friday: Jennifer Talks

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