There’s so much contrasting information to talk about when it comes to mental health right now.
Current headlines include:
- Less than one per cent of local authorities’ public health budget is spent preventing mental health problems, according to data obtained by charity Mind
- Knitting & Baking improve mental health and wellbeing
- Robbie Williams reveals anti-depressants helped him overcome demons
- Kanye West being hospitalised for mental health problems
- Close bond with fathers lower emotional problems in children
- Quarter of young people seeking mental health care “turned away”
- Suicide Prevention services closing due to cuts, Samaritans warns
- Children seeking help for anxiety rising sharply
and so it goes on and on.
Out of the headlines I’ve listed above, how many are helpful in a sense of positivity? How many make you feel hopeful if you suffer from a mental health problem? I think the answer is 2 and that’s debatable.
The rest tell me that the age of people struggling with their mental health is getting younger; the number of people with mental health problems is getting higher; people from a fatherless home are screwed and the amount of services available to help? Are few and far between, poorly funded and being cut all the time.
So what can we do to help ourselves and each other? For me, I think I’m going to start a new weekly post every Friday (it’s been a long and tiring week, after all) that provides 5 ideas to help your mental health and general wellbeing and what better name than Feel Good Friday?! It probably already exists somewhere and that’s okay. I’m just going to do it too.
I’m hoping I can turn it into a Blog Hop if I get enough people on board too but for now, I will just keep it simple.
See you tomorrow with my first five Feel Good suggestions