Mental Health Awareness
The goal of World Mental Health Day is to help raise mental health awareness. Each of us can make a contribution to ensure that people dealing with problems concerning mental health can live better lives with dignity.
Every year one adult in four, along with one child in ten, will have a mental health issue. These conditions can profoundly affect literally millions of lives, affecting the capability of these individuals to make it through the day, to sustain relationships, and to maintain work.
The stigma attached to mental health causes a damaging, albeit ill-informed, attitude, making it more difficult for those affected to pursue help. According to UK estimates, only about one-fourth of those with mental health problems undergo ongoing treatment. By stark contrast, the vast majority of those affected with these problems are faced with a variety of issues, ranging from isolation to uncertainty on where to get help or information, to relying on the informal support of family, friends or colleagues.
The best way to deal with this stigma is through facts and a better understanding of mental health problems. From identifying the causes, pinpointing solutions, and ultimately recognizing that we are really dealing with medical issues.
A Darker Shade Of Blue Campaign
Last night I was asked to give a talk about mental health awareness and this is something that I will continue to do. As some of you already know I have a current mental health awareness campaign called, “A Darker Shade Of Blue“.
The artwork is my own and was made during a period of time I was struggling with my own mental health back in 1998. It seemed to make perfect sense to use these pieces for the campaign.
As you know I am currently putting together an anthology. A collection of dreams written by people suffering from mental health issues, people who have suffered in the past and the loved ones close to people suffering. This has been going on for 2 years and I am still in the process of collecting. It is very hard getting the message out.
I have been very fortunate that my local newspaper run stories for me about this campaign and also the UK’s most popular monthly writing magazine have been fabulous. I just want to assure people who have sent in poems they are going to be used and this book will be published and I don’t care how long it takes; it’s going to happen. Ultimately, I know the one thing I am is tenacious and I am seeing this through to the end.
But… I need your help. I really need you all to please to like and share this blog post in whatever way that you can to get the message out that I am still in the process of collecting poetry. You don’t have to be a poet and it is not a writing competition at all.
Mental Health Awareness Campaign Products
I have used my artwork to create items that can be used to raise awareness and be a talking point. This includes t-shirts, pin badges, mugs and a variety of other things etc. If you would like to view these items please click here. There is currently up to 40% off that ends tonight by using the code MIDWEEKTREAT.
I do need to look into creating an official charity and what is involved with this as it is completely new to me. My intention 100% is to keep moving forward and I will not stop. I think I have got to the point where this campaign has become a big part of who I am and I can’t imagine a life now without that being part of it.
I am going to be doing a lot more articles about health, wellness, and spirituality including things like mindfulness, meditation, aromatherapy etc. If there is anything you would like me to cover please feel free to message me or leave a comment.
So once again, I would be so grateful if you would like and share this post and help me get some more poems.