Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Understanding Mental Health

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I feel like recently all I've done is try to explain mental health to my Mam; she doesn't understand it and I think that is probably the case for a lot of people which is why Time to Talk is such an important thing, maybe if people started to understand mental health it would be less stigmatised.

These are probably the top 5 things I have discussed with people I know recently:

1) Telling someone who has depression to 'cheer up' isn't going to change the fact that they are depressed just like you wouldn't tell someone with a broken leg to just 'walk on it'. 

2) Just because someone isn't a size zero does not mean they don't have an eating disorder.

3) OCD is not an adjective you use whilst tidying your house....that is not OCD. 

4) Eating disorders are not based around vanity nor are they self-inflicted or a choice.

5) Young people suffer from mental health disorders too; it is not always 'just puberty'.

I think this might be the start of me blogging more about mental health; firstly addressing the five things above. You don't have to be an expert to have a conversation, pledge to start yours now at Time to Change.

Hannah :)

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