Each and every one of us has a part to play in improving the lives of those experiencing mental health difficulties. We can all do our bit on helping to break the stigma that surrounds mental health by listening, talking and encouraging those in need to reach out and get the help they need.
Most of us will have known someone who has struggled with mental health which is why we need to break down the barriers, raise awareness and be aware of our own mental wellness.
Anyone of us, anywhere can be affected. Did you know that approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem?
Here are just a few ideas to get things started. Let’s break down the barriers, stamp out the stigma and make ours and everyone else’s mental health a priority.
- Make contact. Get in touch with someone who is facing challenges. Ask them how they are doing and be a good listener.
- Send text messages out to family and friends, telling them how much they mean to you.
- Start conversations about mental health. You might just be surprised how many people are experiencing difficult times too but are also afraid to speak out.
- Make a plan for the future on how to take better care of your own mental well being. https://nopanic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/NP-Wellness-Toolkit.pdf