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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week has been Mental Health Awareness week. The theme this year has been 'Surviving or Thriving?'. It's an interesting topic to explore as it encourages people to look at themselves and others to see just how well they are coping. Of course, Mental Health Awareness Week is not just about helping those that have Mental health issues, but to broaden ideas and reduce the associated stigma.

For me, this week is a time when people from all walks of life should be able to come together and talk about the issues which are so often ignored or avoided. It is a time for sharing thoughts, and an opportunity to step out of the shadows. Anyone with Mental Health issues can tell you that discussing their problems can be a very daunting task. You can never know how people will react, or if they will even believe you.  However, during this time I would like to think that people can be more open about themselves, or at the very least expect to be heard. More importantly, I would like to think that this week has prompted people without mental conditions to ask questions. I know a lot of people and one thing that I can say for certain is that people without conditions feel bad asking about someone else's condition. I can understand this, and I also understand some suffers simply do not want to talk about their troubles, but at this time it is incredibly important that everyone, on both sides of the spectrum speak up.
Nothing can change until it is acknowledged.

Whilst I do feel that this week is mostly a positive event, I have become a little disheartened by some of what I've seen. As with all issues there are always people that will quickly shoot down other peoples voices out of ignorance and occasionally malice. Certain high profile celebrities are often caught in the crossfire, as one negative statement can cause irreversible damage. I won't be naming anyone here as I would not wish to be caught up in an argument. I don't agree with certain things that have been said, but I do believe that it is more a case of certain individuals being ignorant rather than being outright cruel.
The other issue that I've have with this week was the lack of media attention. Very few people even knew that there was a Mental Health awareness week, including myself until last week. one in every four people in Britain will experience some Mental health issue within their lives, and some of them never recover. for something that effects so many people, I would hope that media coverage would jump in.

It's not all doom and gloom though. There are some great stories out there of people getting involved in this weeks meaning. If you would like to see any of this I would recommend visiting Facebook or Twitter and searching for #MHAW17. Some stories have been very funny, others sad, but on the whole, those that have got involved have really tried to put their ideas out there. I'll be leaving a link at the bottom of this post to a video that I personally enjoyed and agreed with.

Now over to you. Have you seen anything particularly interesting come out of this week? Any thoughts on how awareness week could be more effective? Perhaps you would like to get involved and share your own stories. Please leave a comment below or feel free to e-mail me.This has been A Jackals Voice.

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