There are not many of us that are not touched by mental health issues. Mind suggests that in the UK 1 in 4 of us will struggle with our mental health at some point in our lifetime. Therefore if we ourselves don’t suffer we probably have someone close to us that does.
The recent storylines in Coronation Street are doing an excellent job of raising awareness of this growing problem. Yet closer to home many of the Tots100 are writing powerful posts about mental health and why it matters. This year the awareness week focuses on stress and being overwhelmed by stress. We all need some manageable stress in our lives, it is what motivates us and we use it to our advantage to become productive. Yet when stress bears down on us too much it becomes crippling and impacts on day to day life.
Kerry has written about postnatal depression and this poem To The Mum With PND – You are not alone is raw and honest and something many new mums can relate to. In another honest post, Hannah pours out her heart and shares how hard the past few years have been but how she has finally turned a corner and feels on the road to recovery. Her blog post also includes a vlog on her first weeks on medication. Susanne has written about turning a corner and offers ideas on how we can take action in her post Not drowning but waving. Erica has also written about the pro’s and cons of Drugs Vs Talking Therapy.
It is not just mums who suffer from mental health issues and some of our Tots100 bloggers have written about children and teenagers with depression, suicidal thoughts and more. Louise wrote about supporting her daughter who is an anxious child and how it leaves her feeling. Teenagers often struggle and many are reluctant to seek help for fear of what their friends will say. I personally had depression as a teenager and it has taken me a very long time to write about it in the post Child Mental Health and the Girl who got Sick, Really Sick. Susanne has also recently blogged about her experience of Parenting a Child with Mental Illness.
There are many organisations that can help and reaching out is often the first step to recovery. There are also ways that you can help yourself and Becky has put together a post on practical things that you can implement into your day read How to be strong to start to help yourself. Exercise can also help lift the fog as Joanne explains in the post 5 mental health benefits of exercise.
With May being mental health awareness month we implore you to look around and search out those who need a smile, a hug or a warm word. Spread kindness and make a positive impact on someone’s day.
We have added a linky to this post and encourage you to link up your posts on mental health, self-care tips or how to support others who are struggling emotionally.