Thursday 1st February was Time to Talk day. Mental health causes real issues in modern society among all ages and, with funding cuts in the NHS, there is little or no access to support for those who need it the most. When people do get access to help, it can sometimes be too late, and the damage can be irreversible.
Who is most at risk from mental health problems?
The Royal College of Physiatrists have identified the following categories of people as being at high risk of having mental health issues:
These categories of people are at higher risk than normal for many different reasons, and some of these reasons include:
How common are different types of mental health problems?
These statistics have been provided by the mental health charity Mind:
The survey carried out by Mind also measured the number of people who have self-harmed, had suicidal thoughts or have made suicidal attempts. These were there findings:
When I went to Parliament the day before #TimeToTalk day, I met with Alison McGovern, Labour MP for Wirral South, in her capacity as chair of Progress. Despite the factions within the Labour party, Alison has done her absolute best to attempt to help me in my situation and is still continuing trying to help me. The MP for Birmingham Yardley, Jess Phillips, has also worked hard to overcome these factions.
Progress members and Momentum members are still all Labour party members, but people are adamant that they do not want to be nice and comradely with each other. This is simply, by and large, not the case.
One thing that keeps me positive during challenging times is music. Recently, a song called Taboo was released by a Maltese artist called Christabelle Borg, and it is about breaking the stigma and misconceptions people have around mental health. Perhaps, if you’re struggling, this could help you too.
The taboo around mental health needs to be changed. I thought I had no one to listen to me until I spoke to Alison and Jess and, if you feel as though you have no one to discuss your problems with, it's a fact that there will always be someone who will listen.
If you would like to discuss any of the issues raised in this piece, please do contact one of these organisations:
Samaritans - https://www.samaritans.org/ - 116 123
Mind - https://www.mind.org.uk/ - 0300 123 3393
Childline - https://www.childline.org.uk/ - 0800 1111