World Mental Health Day 2017

Did you know 1 in 3 people will suffer some form of mental health issue within their lifetime - that's an awful lot of people. Today is World Mental Health Day, a day dedicated to talking openly about a disease that was once stigmatised. Invisible illnesses are always tricky - firstly because, well, they're invisible. You could be stood next to the person at the bus stop, talking to a co-worker or even getting drinks with a friend, and not know that they are suffering in silence. It's also a very wide range of issues. From anxiety and depression, to OCD and agoraphobia - it's a difficult topic to discuss if you haven't had any previous experience.

Here at Rock On Ruby, we are fully aware of the impact that mental health issues can have. Not only do we have several people within our own family and friends, but I personally suffer too. Mental health and the work place is another extremely difficult subject. People can be accused of being lazy, or forgetful or sometimes even rude - when actually, if you look closely, they are actually fighting a daily battle with their own brain. Young people in particular are under a lot of pressure in 2017. Not just with social media, and their own self confidence - but with intense pressure from schools, friends or even just family. If you are struggling, or know someone who is, then the best thing you can do is to talk.

Mental health problems are absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. If you had a broken leg, you would go an get help. You wouldn't suffer, or be ashamed that you couldn't do the things you used to be able to do with a working leg. The NHS is an incredibly good service and we are very lucky to have it. They have now received lots more funding to help support people through their difficult time, so your GP is a good place to start. There are also several charities, such as Mind or Anxiety UK which can also help. A quick phone call or even tweet, can start the beginning of your journey to getting better. You will get through it, no matter how difficult it can feel.

Love The Team at ROR x

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