Hands up if you have ever suffered with Mental Health?
As part of our 'hands up' Mental Health campaign, we are sharing anonymous stories from our team as to what Mental Health means to us.
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.
"Talking about physical health seems to come so easily to us Brits. Those passing encounters with strangers who openly share how their back is playing up or the virus that's plagued them. I feel we should be as open and free with how we feel mentally, as we are physically. A problem shared is a problem halved.
For me, prevention has been the ultimate cure. A moderated and healthy diet, regular exercise, making positive long term decisions for my life and remaining patient, accepting and hopeful in the face of adversity or complex people beyond my control. Its kept that network of dendrites on my shoulders a welcome friend, rather than an unwelcome foe."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) offers 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