This month the mental health team is giving its support to the new campaign hoping to end discrimination against mental health.
It’s time to talk, it’s time to change.
The statistics show that 1 in 4 of us will need help from Mental Health services during our adult lives. However, we also notice that if we break a leg we celebrate it with our friends, signing the cast and showing us care, but if we have a mental health problem we keep it to ourselves and our friends may even avoid us. This campaign wishes us all to address this imbalance.
As someone who has suffered depression I welcome this initiative. I have always believed that I have the right to talk about my experience and be accepted for who I am. The response I get when telling people about my mental health issues is varied. I have met incredulity, one student’s reply on hearing I was a service user was “no you’re not”.
I was not believed because I did not fit their idea of how the mentally ill present. I have also met with a lot of kindness and a wish to know more. Talking about mental health also empowers those students who have issues themselves. I have found that those who have felt alone with their problems, and there are more than you think, welcome this approach
So now it’s up to you. Get involved in this campaign, end the silence and misconceptions about mental health issues and be a friend. Hopefully a little bit of kindness and care will help someone return to a healthy happy life.
The following addresses will take you to the websites where there is a lot of information for you to read