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Hands up... Has Mental Health affected you?

 Hands up if you have ever suffered with Mental Health? 

Part three of our our 'hands up' Mental Health campaign.

In this country, 1 in 4 people experience the sometimes devastating effects of mental health disorders. Below, some of our team have bravely shared their own experiences of mental health, and what it means to them.

Part of the cruelty of this illness is it makes you believe that you are suffering alone... that you are on your own.

We hope that in the courage of sharing our stories, we can encourage someone else to open up and talk in return. We have left our stories anonymous, as who we are individually is not important in this case. The important thing to know is;

You are not alone.

In Britain, it is in our culture to put the kettle on in a crisis, so that is exactly what we are asking you to do.

Make a BRUU and talk. Make a BRUU and listen.

"Mental health to me is something really scary, as its usually the people who come across the happiest that can be the ones suffering the worst.

I personally have suffered with mental illness since I was young but wasn't until my late 20's where it became a real problem. My mental illness is my shadow. It is always with me. Some days it can be seen, some days it can't but it’s always a part of me.

It is so important to talk about mental health so others can recognise signs but to also understand that its ok not to be ok. It’s important to seek help and take time to heal. Having a mental illness isn’t something which can be cured by applying a plaster or a cast like a broken arm, which is why it’s so hard to see sometimes but it’s still as important to help mend. Advice is everywhere from your friends to doctors to strangers on the end of a telephone line. It’s never too late to concentrate on your mental health and keeping it healthy."

Where to go if you need help

If you, or someone you know, is struggling, there are a number of charities here to help.

  • The Samaritans are open 24 hours a day. Call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org
  • The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALMoffers support to men. Call 0800 58 58 58 between 17:00 and 00:00 everyday
  • Papyrus helps people under 35. Call 0800 068 41 41 - Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm - or text 07786 209697
  • Childline is available for children and young people under 19. Call 0800 1111 - the number will not show up on your bill
  • The Silver Line helps older people. Call 0800 4 70 80 90

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