Let’s talk about Mental Health

Let’s talk about Mental Health

There’s a lot of time when we feel down. We feel that we are alone and need help, but we can’t talk about the feeling because we fear that people won’t listen or understand, or they will ignore or make fun of us. It’s usual to feel like that, but it’s WRONG!!! The best way to deal with a problem is to face it, and the same applies to mental health issues as well. Mental health is a global issue, and this is not an issue that happens to YOU only. It happens to people of the silver screens as well. The same thought process that we go through, the STARS go through the same process even worse!!! Did you know that Downey Jr. aka the Iron Man, is at the top of his career right now and is prey to the mental health issue as well? Yes. Celebrities such as Stephen Fry, author David Walliams and popular vlogger Zoe Sugg, known as Zoella, have had their struggles with mental health issues but they opened up to encourage more discussion and awareness. Millions of people in the UK are suffering from mental illness. Every 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 6 children (children aged 5-16 years) are likely to have a mental health problem. About 75% of young people are not receiving treatment for mental health problems. Over half of them thinks mental illness causes alienation and isolation, and 55% of them fear that their friends will leave them for this issue. These mental health illnesses include anxiety, depression, panic attacks, loneliness, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and more. 

These mental health issues can be dealt with by talking about your mental health. This is an extremely effective way to tackle mental health issues and may encourage others to do the same. 

You can prepare yourself to talk about mental problems in the following ways – 

Write down 

Take some notes about how you are feeling, the symptoms, and how do you feel about that.

Right person, place, and time 

Choosing the right person at the right place and time is extremely important. Choose a place that you feel is comfortable and safe. Take your time to pick a person you think will listen to you, support you, and comfort you. Ask them about their feelings and share your feelings with them. This will create two-way communication and an environment where people can talk.   

Be honest and open  

Be honest and open. Take your time to structure the things you want to talk about. If you can’t settle, focus on symptoms and their impacts and experiences. 

Be strong, be safe, and be open…     

  • Raian, The Signpost Team.