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Mental health matters

The tragic death of Caroline Flack has highlighted the real need for us as a society to be mindful of the impact we can have on other people’s mental health.

Why is it that some people feel that it is perfectly acceptable to knock others down rather than build them up? It’s not just the press, who seem the revel in putting people down. Each and every one of us has a responsibility to be mindful of what we say and type.

We are all responsible for our own actions and it takes very little to think about the impact our words may have on other people. I wonder, when people are trolling others online, if they would say the same thing if that person was stood in front of them. General rule of thumb, if you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face then it’s not acceptable to type and press send.

The impact of those words could be catastrophic, as has been proven. Outwardly people may look like they have it all together, but most of us are very good at hiding what’s really going on.

I know I’ve certainly told people I’m fine when I’m really not. I think most of us do it. We don’t want to burden others with our negative thoughts when in fact sharing our concerns and worries can be the best thing we can do. It can help us feel less alone and it’s actually surprising when you talk to others how many have been there too. So often we feel alone, like it’s only us, when we aren’t. That’s not to say that talking is the only solution, far from it. Sometimes we need medical help as well.

In the words of Michelle Obama “Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there should be no distinction.”

Sam x