I recently covered my own mental health journey on here, I think it is such an important topic, we need to raise more awareness and get rid of stigma surrounding having a mental illness. There is absolutely no shame in having a mental illness, i’ve had one and it’s more common than you think. People shouldn’t have to feel embarrassed to seek help from professionals, family or friends but unfortunately this is still the case.
I believe that mental health should be part of the national curriculum, young people should be educated about this, in my opinion it’s crucial. If children are educated about what types of mental health they could come across and where they can seek help, it may help them take the first step quicker as they will recognise the signs instead of ‘on average taking 10 years to seek help after the first symptom has developed’.
MQ stands for mental health and quality of life, they are the first major mental health charity funding pioneering research into mental health, they aim to create a world in which mental illness is understood, effectively treated and prevented.
MQ’s current campaign is about raising awareness to the lack of funding for Young People’s Mental Health and how this is negatively affecting the diagnosis rate and treatment, it is just as important as any other type of illness. Three quarters of young people with a significant mental illness are not in touch with mental health services which is shocking, this might be due to fear surrounding the stigma of having a mental illness, rejection and embarrassment. The infographic below highlights all of these shocking statistics.