Mental health issues are not always visible; your mental health is just as important as your physical health. So many people have been silent about their mental illness for too long, and there needs to be more aware of all mental health illnesses. It can impact all aspects of life, finding a good doctor and medication if needed and putting a support plan in place and getting therapy are just the first steps in getting help.
No one should be silenced when it comes to mental health. The more it is spoken about, the more attention and awareness it gets. Just because someone is always smiling or updating their social media accounts looking like a great list doesn’t mean they arokayok.
You never know what is going on behind closed doors. Not everyone has family support around them. You can ask your GP or your local psychological therapies team about depression support groups in your area. Sometimes it will seem obvious when someone is going through a hard time, but there is no simple way of knowing if they have a mental health issue. A few warning signs of mental illness below. “It’s scary what a smile can hide.”
Being emotionally distant
Avoiding people and social interactions
Feeling incomplete and messed up
Not eating regular meals or not eating all
Believing you are a burden to everyone
Isolating to protect themselves
Long-lasting sadness or irritability
Excessive fear, worry, or anxiety
Dramatic changes in sleeping
Thoughts you would be better of dead or hurting yourself in some way
Having a mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. The majority of people will fit the diagnosis for some mental illness at some point in their lives. There are so many triggers what can cause them.
Having a long term health condition
severe or long term-term stress
childhood abuse, trauma, or neglect
social poverty or debt
marriage breakup or a separation
social isolation or loneliness
Drug and alcohol misuse
Although lifestyle factors including work, diet, drugs, and lack of sleep can all affect your mental health, if you experience a mental health problem, there are always other factors as well. Seeking help is often the first step towards getting and staying well, but it can be so hard to take that first step. Contacting your GP is the first step and getting listened to.
The things that help the most are the things which are the most difficult to do. The key is to start small and build from there. To help with a mental illness, you have to do things that relax and energise you—so following a healthy lifestyle, learning how to manage stress better, setting limits on what you can do.
While you can’t force yourself to have fun, you can push yourself to do things, even when you don’t feel like it. Support your health and try and stay away from anything that triggers you or makes you feel worse. Make sure you are getting enough sleep because this will affect your mood. Try deep breathing or meditation to boost feelings of joy and well-being.
Exercise is a powerful depression fighter even you don’t want to go outside get an exercise bike for indoors until you feel up to it, even 30 minutes a day will make a big difference. Everyone has to start somewhere. Our aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness, and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about mental health, we can all do our bit to help saves lives. Below is a list of numbers to call in the UK if you need help
No panic: 0844 967 4848 OCD and suffer’s of panic attacks
Mind: 0300 123 3393
Samaritans: 116 123 ( free 24-hour helpline)
Refuge: 0808 2000 247 (Domestic Violence)
Narcotics Anonymous: 0300 999 1212
Bereavement: 0808 808 1677
Rape Crisis: 0808 802 9999
Victim Support: 0808 168 9111
Eating Disorders: 0808 801 0677
Calm: 0800 585 858