How we think and act

It's too easy to dismiss mental health problems as something that happen to other people. But it can happen to any of us, and the way we all think and act makes a real difference.

Too many people can be left in situations where they feel isolated, ashamed and worthless. Without our support, they can lose what they care about most: their family and friends, their job, their home, their energy for life. 

When you're going through a mental health problem, you need your friends, loved ones and colleagues more than ever. 

You can be the difference.  

Richard TaylorName: Barry and Richard
Location: Blackpool

'Now you're not alone. We'll get through this together'. Richard says these were the first words his dad said to him after he shared the extent of his difficulties. 

"I do appreciate how lucky I am, having the father I've got. He's sensitive, kind, patient and caring. But, we did only speak about mental health when it is was clear I was struggling myself. The conversation grew from there and I came to discover that he'd been diagnosed once with depression."

 

Name: Andrew
Location: Liverpool

Andrew says that having to stay quiet about problems is a big problem in itself.

"At times I've felt really lonely and worthless - like no one would understand me. So it's easier not to tell anyone."

 

Name: Oli
Location: Kent

Negative responses to mental health can come totally out of the blue, Oli says.

"I've been on Tinder and seen people post things like 'Don't message me if you're a nutter' in their bios. That immediately makes me feel down, and it's always the elephant in the room when I go out on dates. No one can see anything is wrong with me, so it's always up to me to mention my bipolar disorder. Technically, I know the chances are that some people I date will also have a mental health problem, and generally most women have been understanding. But I do find it hard."
 

Name: Luke
Location: West Yorkshire

Luke, whose brother in law took his own life, thinks we should all be more open about mental health. 

"Perhaps Andy would be still alive if he had been able to talk about how he was feeling. Men don't always talk about what's going on inside their heads because they are afraid - afraid they might be seen as weak, or the lads turn it into banter." 

 

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