As part of our World Mental Health Day activities, we're pushing our Support and Awareness Campaign.
Awareness is an important part of treating mental health. We want to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health, and how it’s portrayed in the media. Calling sufferers 'mad', or assuming negative mental health contributes to crime figures is, not only, harmful, but can prove fatal if sufferers takes these attitudes to heart.
According to Mind, as many as 1 in 4 of us experience a mental health issue every year, and approximately 1 in 6 people present with a problem, such as depression or anxiety, every day in the UK. Mental illness is the largest single source of disease in the UK, responsible for 72 million working days lost, and costing £105 billion per year. Problems with mental health are more common, long lasting and impactful than any other health conditions, according to MHF England.
Suicidal statistics are even more shocking with over 20% of people having suicidal thoughts during their lifetime, and nearly 7% attempting suicide. The Office for National Statistics report that in 2018 there were over 6500 deaths by suicide registered in the UK, which is significantly higher than the previous year, and the first increase since 2013.
Professionals on the front-line have to deal with these results on a daily basis and provide a vital role in supporting sufferers. But in order to help others, they need to be aware of their own health, and ensure they look after themselves by getting enough rest, eating properly, taking exercise and talking to their friends.
Mind Allies supports not only the people who experience mental health difficulties, but those on the front-line of medical intervention, and on behalf of sufferers everywhere, we want to thank them for everything they do, including the hard work they put into our campaign video and all the helpful tips they shared with us.
Our Support and Awareness Campaign is ongoing, pushing the boundaries that hold those experiencing mental health problems prisoner, supporting them in stepping out of the darkness and into the light. You are not alone.