In the last few weeks I have received many messages from different people, all who have suffered some form of mental health problem.Although each person may have different circumstances and personal issues, they all shared one thing in common. This issue was that they all felt alone. This is not surprising whereas other illnesses receive media support and have sponsored events, and promotion of the public sharing and supporting the illness., which is a good thing. Mental health unfortunately still has this dated stigma, and it is still something that the public do not want to talk about and share. The consequences of this is that many sufferers are not only unsupported, making recovery twice as difficult for them, they also feel alone. They feel alone because they are made to feel ashamed that they are ill, and their self worth devalues, and this delays recovery and also progress as they cannot share their feelings. This also can become a vicious circle as sometimes the nature of the illness can be abuse, and if a person feels alone and unworthy they cannot stand up for themself, and can return to the state and situation that caused their illness in the first place. Denial also plays a major part which is made easier when the people around are also in denial and will not support or talk about the situation.Change is an upheaval and takes strength, many people who suffer from mental health need a positive change in their life and this is sometimes blocked because of the lack of support available.
It is frustrating as people who suffer from mental health need the confidence to share and talk about their feelings to aid recovery, in order to do this the public need to be more aware and to understand what is going on.Communication plays a vital part and until people start to talk and share their experience which takes courage, and the public also have the courage to take time out and to not only listen but to acknowledge the problems, progress with mental health will be slow.
I have a massive respect and admiration for people who are suffering from mental health issues, who have spoken out and admitted they are suffering, I just wish more people would give them a chance, listen, learn and acknowledge what is going on. One person listening can make a massive difference to the support and progress of someone else. It doesn’t cost a lot, just 5 minutes can even make a difference. I would like more people to realise they are not a lone as there are many people out there who share the same feelings, and it is not only up to people to shout out that they need help, it is up to people to listen.