Discussion | Mental Health

This week, Wednesday 10 October, in fact, was World Mental Health Day 2018 which got us thinking about how we could share the topic of Mental Health.

We’re pleased to see discussions on social media, and wondering whether perhaps the taboo surrounding mental health is lifting ever so slightly.

There are many many reasons behind and causes to mental health problems, but more often than not the hardest bit is reaching those reasons/causes and coming to terms with them. In today’s post we endeavour to provide you with some resources that may help if you’re struggling, or supporting somebody who is struggling.

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  • Our Expert post on Post Natal Depression by Elspeth Pitman (you can read that one here). Some really useful websites:

www.pandasfoundation.org.uk

www.mind.org.uk

www.bluebellcare.org/

www.time-to-change.org.uk

Sadly in the UK I think we still have the mentality that we should show our ‘stiff upper lip’ at all times and we do not readily talk about how we are feeling. We have many phrases in the English language which we use to greet each other such as ‘how do you do?’ or even ‘how are you?’ following which we do not really expect a reply. We would probably be quite shocked, even with friends, if they then started to tell us how they really felt. (Excerpt from Elspeth’s article)

  • Our recent book review of Elle Wright‘s book Ask Me His Name, which you can read  here. This book deals with the loss of Elle’s son Teddy who tragically died 3 days after he was born. Find her book here.

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  • Books my Matt Haig – having read both of these books, I can honestly say they get you thinking – they are truly honest accounts of Matt’s own struggles with anxiety and depression. His books are easy to read, totally relatable and could prove a real life line for somebody who is really struggling.

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  • TALK. It’s probably one of the hardest things to do when you’re suffering, but it really will help.
  • Self care – seems to be the thing at the moment, but why has it suddenly come into the limelight? We should all be taking the time to care for ourselves, in this busy, hectic world we live in. Take some time out for yourself. Go for a walk outside. Have a cup of tea. Read a book. Take a bath. Do some exercise. Take a break… the list is endless. But these are all things we should be doing to relieve ourselves for a few moments, to help us improve our own mental health, wellbeing or wellness.

Until next time.

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