The reality of mentally ill people is one of the silent truths of our present-day society. Millions of people are suffering from anxiety, OCD, depression and other disorders each and every day. In our society, some of us continue using words like ‘mentally ill’, ‘OCD’ and ‘bipolar’ casually as though that it’s just a part of everyday conversation, but now we have to become more informed about mental health and learn how much our words can damage other’s health. This World Mental Health Day (2018) is pledged to raise awareness of Mental Health to fight the stigma. The mirror does not always tell the truth, we must be kind and not shame others as we may not have any idea about what they are going through in their life. We encourage everyone to take care of their own mental health, whether you have a mental health illness or not, and to not feel ashamed to speak about what you are going through.
One of the four people in this world is suffering from neurological or mental illness. World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992, but even now it is important that everyone is educated on exactly what mental health is, how important it is and how to understand and support others who are dealing with mental health problems. In this rapidly changing world, the younger generation are the most affected people on count. The NHS revealed that almost 400,000 children and young people aged 18 and younger are in contact with our health service for mental health problems.
One of the global problems in regards to mental health, is people ask themselves: “how will people react?” when they think about their mental illness. Until and unless we end the stigma around mental health, this will continue to remain a question all mentally ill people have to ask themselves. We hope that with the help of international days such as World Mental Health Day and mental health charities across the UK, the stigma attached to Mental Health will eventually be removed.
If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, please do not hesitate to contact your GP.