Mental Health Awareness Week is being supported all across the nation this week, increasing recognition of symptoms for those suffering.
Mental health is a subject that appears to be taboo, when it comes to those who are suffering. However for many this is a week to raise awareness of the symptoms and signs of mental health and bring forward those who are living with the pressures mental health can bring.
According to the charity Mind, various types of mental health problems include:
- Eating disorders
- Panic attacks
Aiming to reduce the amount of people suffering and assist people to seek help with their issues the Mental Health Foundation have offered a range of activities all across the country. Those in Nottinghamshire include a ‘mindfulness taster session’ at the University of Nottingham, which aims to promote mindful and healthy living. Another event in the city is the mental health awareness display, showcasing material to help promote positive mental health. This is being run by the Open Door project which offers a support service for those recovering from mental illness.
According to the mental health foundation one in four people suffer from some form of mental health every year. This can affect any age group and according to student support officer Paul Dodsley at Nottingham Trent University ‘you have to admit you have got a problem before you can start getting help and it’s all about making people more aware of this.’ In terms of improving the way in which students are supported, Paul explains a new campaign the university are planning to introduce.
Charities across Nottinghamshire are aiming to promote awareness of mental health in the community. One such charity, Framework, which focusses on preventing homelessness and has offered help to those suffering from mental conditions before they fall into a crisis situation. It also offer specialist accommodation for those who are unable to live in their own homes. Through awareness week the charity’s work has included talking to Afro-Caribbean and ethnic minority groups, and speaking in community centres.
Neil Skinner, communications officer for Framework has offered the advice ‘don’t bury your head in the sand, don’t ignore things and know that there is always someone to help you along the way.’
With all this support on offer, it’s not just this week that sufferers of mental illness can seek help. Through the promotion of mental health awareness week it is hoped that symptoms and signs will be recognised in time to enable those who are experiencing mental health problems to lead a better life.