Today, October 10, is World Mental Health Day. It is a day recognised by the World Health Organisation – aimed at promoting awareness of mental health, which is an ever-increasing problem. We are in an age where Mental Health is of imperative importance, as this article will show, some of the statistics associated with mental health are staggering. But there are things that you can do to help. Read On!
Recent research pioneered by the Mental Health Foundation has revealed the scale of mental health issues in the United Kingdom. Those living with mental health issues contributed approximately £225bn in gross value to the UK’s Gross Domestic Product. This huge amount is well above the amount provided by the Government for mental health services. MP’s have recently called on British Prime Minister Theresa May to do more to tackle the issue.
More statistics show the problem in greater detail. Nearly 15% of people experience some form of mental health problems in the workplace. Meanwhile, 13% of workplace absences in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions. Arguably the biggest sign of the problem is that in 2016, approximately 65million antidepressant prescriptions were handed out, in 2006 31million were dispensed – clearly showing the problem.
Some advice for those suffering from mental health issues is to talk, don’t suffer in silence. The world can be a tough place, but try and find that friend or family member that will help you. There are a range of support services out there, again, try and use them. Speaking about your problems should help. As the old saying goes – ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. The internet too is full of websites and resources that can help you.
Make sure you look out for your friends. Mental health problems are often hard to spot, and remember you never know what is going on behind the scenes for someone. We need to be considerate of others, and help them. Often people will put up a mask, covering their problems. Show care to your friends and family.
The Mental Health Foundation are encouraging donations of £3, which can be done by texting THRIVE to 70300. Mental health problems won’t go away, and can be a debilitating problem. If you are suffering, don’t do so in silence – and reach out for help. And if you don’t – make sure you look out for those around you. Together, we can help those in need.