Mental Health Awareness Week

 

This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week and what better time than to raise awareness, guide people to the right places and support one another. We at SURE24 identify that these health problems can affect anyone and we are very lucky to have a completely open office where we can raise work concerns and voice what we enjoy as a team.

 

Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time and although our families, colleagues or friends may seem completely fine, their mental health may be deteriorating.

 

"What do I do if I feel down?"

"How do I stop feeling sad?"

"What's wrong with me?" 

 

We are all in this together and there are some easier steps to take to get you on the right path of feeling positive.

 

Friends and family

 

My Experience

 

“I personally have friends going through therapy for their own mental battles. It was myself that identified changes in my friend's behaviours.

 

A person who was once a social butterfly now began to not want to leave the house. I didn’t know how he would react when I first mentioned to him that I had noticed a change over the past year.

 

Initially, I thought about not saying anything. Telling him was one of the better things I have done as a friend to him. He is now taking the first step to feeling positive again, speaking to a mental health specialist over the phone every few days.

 

It’s early days but from my experience with him, it only takes a simple conversation to help someone open up to you.” Christopher Bird – Marketing Manager.

 

 

Christopher Bird

 

Charities

 

Mind Charity - "We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect."

 

Charities like U OK M8? and Mind are great ways to speak with people who can support you 24/7.

 

Mind suggest ways in which you can improve your mental wellbeing

 

If you have good mental wellbeing you are able to:

 

  • feel relatively confident in yourself and have positive self-esteem
  • feel and express a range of emotions
  • build and maintain good relationships with others
  • feel engaged with the world around you
  • live and work productively
  • cope with the stresses of daily life
  • adapt and manage in times of change and uncertainty

 

 

 

Mind LogoU OK M8

 

Statistics

 

If you aren’t able to do the majority of these bullet points then you may need to seek help. Seeking help is nothing to be embarrassed about. Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience mental health problems each year.

 

“Every seven years a survey is done in England to measure the number of people who have different types of mental health problems [2]. It was last published in 2016 and reported these figures” (source)

 

Generalised anxiety disorder

5.9 in 100 people

Depression

3.3 in 100 people

Phobias  

2.4 in 100 people

OCD 

1.3 in 100 people

Panic disorder

0.6 in 100 people

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

4.4 in 100 people

Mixed anxiety and depression

7.8 in 100 people

 

 

 

Posted in News By

Chris Bird