I am currently writing my dissertation on the effects of mental health stigma and how it can be tackled through appropriate education starting from adolescence.
In the near future I would love to be able to be part of a mental health awareness workshop, educating young people on mental illness.
I will talk about my lifelong battle with mental health, about how it cost me my job and how being open and honest is the only way forward to enable others to understand mental health. I want to spread the message that there is a trusted community of listeners that you can turn to no matter how desperate you feel.
I am a yoga therapist in Plymouth - Devon.
There are many of us specialising in Yoga Therapy for Improved Mental Health - I am trying to soon run my 12 week programme for a local GP practice to have a non medicinal option to give to those with poor mental health. I would like to volunteer at an event or even utilise my programme for you if required :). I suffer from Anxiety but my yoga controls it and I've never needed medication.
I promise to be as supportive and thoughtful as i can to others, who need and deserve it and to be a listen when someone wants to talk. i myself have to face challenges nearly every day, such as living with sight loss and depression. Therefore i will comprehend the situation that others are in around me, and will try to the best of my ability to share my experiences of mental health with others and give others advice.
I will fight for those with mental health.
I will stand in a room full of people and tell them I will take them all on, so I know
someone with mental health isn’t alone. Violence isn’t my thing; I believe it’s all in
the words and the emotion. I’ve told you previously and I’ll tell you again, my
passion; it burns and I’m as close to hell as I can be. We're survivors, champions unseen.
Mental health is not talked about enough due to the stigma attached to it. But it is very real and affects so many people in our day to day lives, but we are often oblivious of its impact on our peers, friends or family as we don't talk about it openly. More and more people need support and help in a timely fashion but they need to feel safe in order to reach out for it. We need to break boundaries and recognise those who are struggling and give them the support they need when they need it.
As someone who has cared for people of various mental health conditions, am a sufferer myself and been in contact with various mental health establishments and teams I am driven to improve not only access to services but people's assumption and belief of certain conditions like depression for example
As somebody who has needed - and richly benefited from - support and understanding to handle my own emotional and psychological challenges previously, I pledge to use that empathy and experience to raise awareness, confront stigma and help inspire a change in attitudes towards mental health issues.