Why We Need To Talk About Mental Health | Mental Health Awareness Week #1

May 8, 2017

This week (8-14th of May) the Mental Health Foundation is running a week long campaign to look at mental health from a new angle – Surviving or Thriving? They want to start a conversation of whether we are surviving or thriving, and to discuss why too few of us are thriving with good mental health¹.

Why do I want to get involved?

I have struggled with my mental health for nearly ten years and I am all for supporting campaigns like this to bring more awareness and compassion to those suffering. At my lowest in my late teens I didn’t know where to turn as resources weren’t as readily available as they are now, and mental health was not spoken about so openly, so I have decided to post about mental wellbeing on my blog along with my passion of fitness to help others feel and know that they are not alone. I am not ashamed to speak about it anymore and it is through other people being so open and honest it makes it easier for other to accept their illness and get help.

Why do we need to talk about mental health?

The more we speak about it, the less of a taboo it will feel like. I know in the past I have felt embarrassed and ashamed which is so sad. I still do have these moments because of the lack of knowledge people have about mental health – some people assume a lot about you without actually knowing what you are going through.

Loneliness can be something that makes you feel worse, like nobody understand you. Like with my first point, the more conversations that are had about mental health the more people will speak up about it and realise they are not alone.

This week I will be posting every day on my blog for Mental Health Awareness Week to open up the discussion and I welcome anyone to comment below their thoughts.

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¹https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

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