As I’m sure lots of you are aware Mental Health Awareness Week (11th – 17th May) is coming up. An incredibly important week that has the potential to strengthen the progress towards demolishing the taboo that is mental health. We are hearing more about mental health and organisations are campaigning hard to challenge perceptions and the cuts that mental health services are facing. There is an invisible struggle that is screaming to be heard. I know many people that are battling serious mental health issues and I am proud to say that I will always support mental health sufferers and try my best to better my understanding of conditions I am unfamiliar with.
Please take some time out during Mental Health Awareness Week to do some research and improve your understanding of mental health and be open to listening to someone who may be suffering in silence. Conversations surrounding these issues can seem daunting, uncomfortable and scary, especially if it is yourself that is living with a mental health condition. But I urge you to be brave and speak up- it’ll be worth it.
Everyone has the potential to make a significant difference, don’t let that opportunity pass.