Mental Health is an important topic in society today. With 1-3 people having some sort of mental illness throughout their lifetime and the high number of suicide rates in women, men and teenagers. Everyday teenagers go to school and university feeling down and depressed and even suicidal, men and women go to work or sit at home feeling anxious or are having flashbacks from previous trauma. Mental illness is everywhere and the stigma should stop because the more we understand mental health...maybe...just maybe the more lives we save. More people can get the support they deserve through hospitals and psychologist's and just in general love and support. People go through all different types of stages on life that include change and change can be a big event in life that effects a person of any age, race, sex orientation, gender, class and religion. If people were more understanding then maybe they stand a better chance at surviving because no one should go through mental illness alone, nobody deserves that. In my life mental health is a big factor but I think now, me and my family and friends have learnt to live and survive because of the support we have received from hospitals and therapists and college and community services and so on...im alive because of the high understanding of my mental health. I'm raising money for all or any mental health charities including hospitals that take in people who need more support with their mental illnesses. The money will go towards money for activities such as art and music because art therapy and music therapy help very much whilst in hospitals. Furthermore it can pay for young peoples care and needs such as daily outings and medication and so on whilst staying in hospitals.
My personal Story: In October, two years ago, not going in detail but I experienced a traumatic event that changed me as a person. I became quite ill with depression and anxiety and ended up in a hospital, The Darwin Centre where I was cared for and supported for 6 months. During my stay I took part in scheduled activities like art group and days out to the park and the cinema. My stay was also meant to help me get better, I had individual therapy, group support and so on. After 6 months of pain and suffering as well as laughter and happiness whilst I was getting better, I finally went home in December last year. I am now in recovery, going to college, attended regular support groups in the community and my own personal support sessions. With the help of my family, friends and the Darwin staff as well as the college staff and community, I can say I have come so far and even though now and then I may have a glitch in the road...doesn't mean I'm going back to the way I was...I have changed...But for the better and I'm going to move on with my life. The past will stay with me, but I will live beside it as it is a part of what made me me. I have other friends who are still in need of care because of mental health and she is struggling with the way society attaches a stigma to her mental health. This should not be happening now. We are in the 21st centuary and we need to learn that all humans are humans no matter if they have mental health issues.!