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World Mental Health Day is here to raise awareness for mental health, the struggles people go through, and what you can do to help. The World Federation for Mental Health choose the main theme each year and this year the focus is on suicide prevention.
In England, around 1 in 6 people report experiencing some form of mental health problem (this doesn’t include unreported cases) and in the UK, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem.
There are a lot of factors that contribute to the state of someone’s mind and they can be everyday things like money, jobs, relationships etc.
Mental health problems aren’t necessarily increasing, however, the way people are coping with their mental health is getting worse, which is leading to the number of people increasing who self-harming or having suicidal thoughts.
Signs of a mental health problem can be tricky to notice, especially if the person you’re worried about is good at hiding their real emotions. Signs can differ depending on what sort of mental health problem someone has, but early signs might be:
If your loved one is showing any of the above signs and you’re worried about them, it’s worth having an open and honest conversation with them to tell them of your concerns and so they know you are there, should they need you.
You might not be able to force someone to seek professional help, but you can encourage them to get the help and support they need, even if it’s just finding a mental health professional and making an appointment. The small things can make the biggest difference.
If you are showing behaviour similar to the signs above then you may have a mental health problem. You should talk to a loved one, mental health professional or your doctor so you can get the right help and support.
If you have suicidal thoughts or negative behaviour and think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide, get help straight away. You can call the Samaritans 24/7 for free on 116 123.
Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent mental illness. It is completely out of our control as it can be triggered by a number of different things; family history, traumatic experiences, use of alcohol or drugs, brain damage from an injury, and many more.
There are a few things that should be done to make sure yourself or a loved one is coping:
If you want to find out more about different mental health conditions and their symptoms, you can visit www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/mental-health.
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