Today (October 10th) marks World Mental Health Day– a day to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing. The pain orsuffering is not always visible, but one in six people in the past week haveexperienced a mental health problem. You are not alone and it’s time to talk.See the Mental Health Foundation’s section on gettinghelp.
Depression will bethe world’s leading illness by 2030, according to the World Health Organisation.Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental illness in Britain with7.8% of people meeting the criteria for diagnosis. See Mind’s section ondepression and whatyou can do to help yourself. The Mix also has adviceif you suffer from anxiety.
Suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49in England and Wales. Whilst suicide and self harm are not mental healthproblems per se, they are linked to mental distress. People who have suicidalthoughts may feel they have nowhere to turn, but there is always someone tohelp. One in fifteen people have made a suicide attempt at some point in theirlife – one is too many, but this figure is far, far too high. Many suicideattempts could be avoided by simply discussing someone’s problems – no problemis irreparable.
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council is a Time to ChangeChampion, meaning that we take our commitment to Mental Health seriously andencourage people to talk about any issues they have; for example, we have Timeto Change Ambassadors in many of our offices, and if someone is strugglingduring work due to a negative mental health, we want them to feel confident totell their manager (boss) about it.
Our mental health is invisible and cannotbe seen by others, so it’s time to start talking. Check out the Mental Health Foundation’s advice and guidance on looking after yourmental health. The first step to recovery istalking. Talk to your friends, family, teachers or colleagues or seekprofessional help. Read inspiring stories about mentalhealth and wellbeing here. Below is a list of numbers youcan call to discuss any mental health problems you have.
Meic Cymru, the helpline service for children and youngpeople up to the age of 25 in Wales – freephone: 0808 80 23456, SMS Text:84001, IM/Online chat: www.meic.cymru
Childline – 0800 1111
The Mix Helpline – 0808 808 4994
Mind – (9am-6pm Mon-Fri) – 0300 123 3393
Samaritans (24/7) – 116 123
You can also share any problems you have with the Wicid Nan.