After spending what seemed to be the longest 9 hours of my life in A&E, it really dawned on me how much of an issue we have in the UK regarding mental health and how common it has become.
The words mental health can be pretty daunting and I know a lot of people immediately think of a crazy person, but mental health simply refers to the health of our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. This ranges from loneliness to phobias, bipolar disorder to anxiety and post natal depression to self-harm. The conversation around mental health is a delicate one but one that should be discussed openly, honestly and regularly. I myself have had my own experience with mental health, I’ve also seen it first hand in close friends and since coming to university I have gone out of my way to do my research and educate myself on everything surrounding this topic.
University has really made me a better person and has opened my eyes to so much. Despite being on a fashion course we are really encouraged to seek knowledge beyond the industry and really develop as young individuals ready to go out and make a difference in the world. Since my charities blog post I have been actively seeking ways in which I can do my part, and with an incredible following on social media along with my up and coming Youtube Channel, I thought what better first step than to spread awareness from the platform I have been given. This blog post is my first step to get the ball rolling.
So starting with signs and symptoms:
- A change in personality – Not acting themselves or not feeling like their usual self
- Isolation and withdrawal
- Difficulty remembering or concentrating
- Lack of appetite
- Lack of self-care
- Tired and drained
- No self-confidence or self-esteem
- Lack of sleeping, or sleeping too much
How you can help others and yourself:
- Regularly check up on family and friends
- Listen more and allow others to open up
- Be observant
- Be understanding
- Be supportive
- Go out in nature
- Keep a journal of your feelings
- Encourage expression of gratitude
- Encourage a balanced diet
- Encourage exercise
This year Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 2019, and the theme for 2019 is Body Image. I feel like this is an important topic to raise awareness of due to the dramatic link between body image and mental health and with the rise of body shaming on social media.
I will be making these mental health posts a regular thing, and I hope this had helped someone out there.