Mental Health Awareness week takes place from 10th to 16th May 2021.
Mental health is still a very difficult subject to address or to talk about in general.
There are many kinds of mental health conditions that are still not fully understood by people like things like the common cold, Arthritis or even Cancer. Because they are still not spoken about as openly as they should this makes it difficult to spread the knowledge that we may have on conditions to help society remove the umbrella that all conditions are put under and stop it being such a taboo subject.
In the world today there are many mental health conditions and here are just a few,
Anxiety which can be an ongoing disorder that impacts the ability to live your life as you want to.
Bipolar disorder, everyone experiences changes in their moods, but bipolar disorder can change your moods dramatically, affecting every part of your life. You will feel extreme highs and lows sometimes lasting for months at a time. You may feel well between these times.
Depression is a long-lasting low mood disorder. It affects your ability to do everyday things, feel pleasure or take interest in activities. It’s different from feeling sad or down, but anyone can experience depression.
Eating disorders are an unhealthy attitude towards food, which can make you obsessed with your eating patterns. Eating disorders can involve eating too much or too little and using food to manage your emotions.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by serious, traumatic, or frightening experiences such as an assault, accident, or natural disaster.
These are just a small number of conditions out there. With mental health not only is the person with the condition affected but also the people around them. It can be just as difficult for the person with the condition as it is for the friends and family around the person. It can be very hard to make friends and build relationships which in turn affects their ability to progress the natural way in life be that building a family, career or even their education.
Here is a link to a website that can be useful to help understand mental health and what you can do to help someone of yourself with the conditions and their affects. Mental health awareness week invites you to immerse yourself in the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ while reconnecting with nature across the week. The ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ are a set of pillars which are key to improving our mental health. Modelled by the New Economics Foundation, they’re geared around themes of social connectedness, physical activity, awareness, learning, and giving.
Across the week, join in (below link) building in some small yet effective activities into your daily lives to feel more positive and able to get the most out of life