Let's Talk: Mental Health

With mental health becoming a growing concern amongst millions, it is about time we start taking it seriously. We often hear about mental health and mental illness with friends and families, or hear it on the media or on social networking sites. But what is mental health? It is firstly importan to make readers aware that we all have 'mental health' and this is not fixed, it can be thought of as how we feel about ourselves and others, and having coping mechanisims to deal with difficulties or challenges in our lives.  Mental health should not only be looked at something that is seen to have negative connotations- if we look at it as a scale of 0 to 100 it is common for us to move up and down the scale on a daily basis. 

MIND ''Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you are experiencing a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you're frequently thinking, feeling or reacting becomes difficult, or even impossible to cope. This can feel just as bad as physical illness or even worse. Everybody has mental health and we need to take care of it.''

With this it is important to understand how important it is to look after our emotional and physical wellbeing. And part of this act of looking after ourselves is a form of self love, acknowledging when we need support and where to access it. Many of us have experienced or know someone who has experienced depression, anxiety, low confidence, sleep problems or patterns of unhelpful thinking- acknowledging these moments and accessing support/having someone to talk to about how you feel is crucial. 

Sincerely Shug would like to shed some light on the Mermen for Mind project that was made in memory of Ellen Scott. The charity creates magical calendars that look to support others who may be struggling with mental health issues and this work highlights and aids the work that the charity Mind does.
Please check out the website- Mermen For Mind.
If you need someone to talk to, or support for someone else and further information, please use the websites and helplines listed below. There is always someone who wants to help, you are not alone.

Picture Source: Mermen & 10Ways

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