Today’s daily prompt is Fact and what a great way for me to write up some facts in regards to Mental Health. Mental health affects so many people yet it’s still a huge stigma in society, nobody likes to talk to about it and most often sufferers suffer in silence. I was once the the suffer in silence type myself.
- 1 in 4 people in the UK are affected by Mental health, shocking figure despite it’s stigma.
- Only 1 in 8 people will seek treatment for mental health.
- Mental health does not just affect adults it can appear in young adolescents and children.
- More men commit suicide every year than women.
- Having a mental health problem does not make you crazy or mad. We are normal people fighting a battle in our heads.
- We are not violent people, if anything we can be more subdued. I know I was, i had no energy to argue let alone be violent.
- Mixed anxiety and depression are the most common mental health disorders in the UK
- Mental health disorders can affect absolutely anybody, no one is immune to it.
- a major life event can cause depression such as a bereavement, marriage breakdown or even having a baby can cause post natal depression.
- Unfortunately we face stigma and discrimination because of our mental health disorders
- Depression is different from feeling sad
- Men are more likely to suffer with schizophrenia and substance abuse where women are likely to suffer with mood and eating disorders.
- Approx 1.6 million people in the U.K. Suffer with an eating disorder.
- Anorexia affects more girls than boys and it can rear an ugly head from the age of 16 years old
- The likes of Facebook and instagram can encourage eating disorders in young girls
- Even though mental health disorders are so prevalent, only 6% of health research is spent on mental health
- woman are more likely to seek medical attention for symptoms of a mental health disorder than men
- taking antidepressants is not shameful and is normal course of treatment for mental health disorders.
It’s Time to change how people think and feel about mental health.