This blog will be short and sweet but I think it’s probably one of the most important things I will write about.
After it has come to light again in the media recently, I want to do a quick blog on mental health awareness. I want people to know where they can go for support. Even though mental health from a media’s point of view sometimes becomes a big thing but then suddenly goes quiet again.. it is always happening. Every second of every day.
To anybody who is reading this who may be suffering from mental health I want you to know that you are not alone. It’s something that should be spoken about more. Never feel ashamed/ embarrassed, it’s okay. Please speak to someone whether that be family, friends or a helpline number. Don’t feel you have to suffer in silence! At the beginning of being a new mum I could feel my mood spiralling downwards, I was too ashamed to admit it at the time. But I really have learnt over time it’s better to let people know. And this happens to a lot of us. I will explain more about this in my blog about life with a newborn! I have also over come an eating disorder which started when I was very young, something which I felt was completely out of my power at the time!
I am always here to listen! I will always give a helping hand wherever possible. That’s just me, and I would much rather people confide in me than ever feel they are in this alone. I promise you that you are not.
Mental health comes in a variety of different forms. Everybody is different and deals with it is different ways. Just don’t keep silent about it. Find some help and support from someone or somewhere. I am aware we do need more services to support the forever growing mental health problems for people. But there are people out there who WANT to help! Whether you are a child, teenager or adult.. there are people out there for you. You are not alone.
Please remember it is completely okay not to be okay! Mental health effects more of us than you think.
I’m now going to list a few websites and helplines for people..
Samaritans (for anyone to use) call 116 123
The calm zone (for men) call 0800 58 58 58
Sane line (for anyone) call 0300 304 7000
Childline (for people under 19) 0800 1111
You can also speak to your GP and have a look at nhs direct for more websites and support.
If an emergency, your feeling suicidal or your worried about someone else’s life please phone 999.
Please just remember, everyone, be kind.. you never know what someone is going through. Although someone may seem like they are living a happy normal life, that may not be the reality of how they are feeling. People sometimes feel they have to be brave, well you don’t. It’s okay to get some help and support, it’s okay to cry, it’s okay to rely on someone else sometimes, it’s okay to feel everything has got on top of you. It’s what you do next which is important. Get some support.
I know I’ve said this before, but I feel it really is important.. it’s okay not to be okay. You’re not alone 🖤 don’t shut out the people who want to help. I realise that talking about what’s going on for you is usually the last thing you want to do, but in turn it will help.