Time to Change, a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health. On Thursday 2nd Feb 2017 they are promoting Time to Talk. A day to help people open up about mental health!
Time to Talk have produce a list of mental myths which we reproduce below. But do you have any you would like to add? Please feel free to share in the comments section below!
There are lots of myths about mental health. Knowing a few facts can help us to challenge any negative thoughts and actions.
Here are some to think about:
Myth: Mental health problems are very rare.
Fact: 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
Myth: People with mental illness aren’t able to work.
Fact: We probably all work with someone experiencing a mental health problem.
Myth: Young people just go through ups and downs as part of puberty, it’s nothing.
Fact: 1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem.
Myth: People with mental health illnesses are usually violent and unpredictable.
Fact: People with a mental illness are more likely to be a victim of violence.
Myth: People with mental health problems don’t experience discrimination
Fact: 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.
Myth: It’s easy for young people to talk to friends about their feelings.
Fact: Nearly three in four young people fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health problems.
You can find the original on the Time to Talk website here.
Three quarters of Brits are stressed about Christmas; ‘Unrealistic expectations’ and the resulting stress tops the list putting our health at risk
Natural stresses are always in the mix on family reunions around Christmas time but with the added pressure that we put on ourselves in trying to deliver everything to perfection, we can end up feeling worn out before the big day even arrives.
According to recent research by Bupa UK, surveying 2042 Brits, three-quarters of the nation finds Christmas stressful and a fifth wish they could better deal with the ‘unrealistic expectations’ they put on themselves with a quarter of women (24%) feeling the strain.
The culprit rests within us as the findings reveal that twice as many people say it is the pressure they put on themselves (20%) rather than the expectations from family and friends (9%), which they find to be the driving factor of their stresses on the big day.
Almost a third (29%) of the population are failing to address the issue as they do not consider their own wellbeing a priority during the festive period
A quarter of the nation (26%) loses the battle and admits feeling tired and worn out during the lead up to the big day.
So what are the stresses that we choose to carry at a time when we are meant to be jolly:
37% worry about the financial stress of buying presents
32% worry about buying the wrong presents
19% feel stressed about juggling commitments and pressured situations with their family
15% of people are worried about weight gain over Christmas
Joining us to chat more about the risks associated with letting our health drop to the bottom of our priority list is Bupa’s Clinical Director for Mental Health, Pablo Vandenabeele.
The symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) are similar to those of normal depression, but they occur repetitively at a particular time of year.
They usually start in the autumn or winter and improve in the spring.
The nature and severity of SAD varies from person to person. Some people just find the condition a bit irritating, while for others it can be severe and have a significant impact on their day-to-day life.
Most people with SAD will feel depressed during the autumn and winter.
Signs that you may be depressed include:
a persistent low mood
a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
feeling stressed or anxious
a reduced sex drive
becoming less sociable
A small number of people will experience these symptoms in phases that are separated by “manic” periods where they feel happy, energetic and much more sociable.
In addition to symptoms of depression, you may also:
be less active than normal
feel lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
sleep for longer than normal and find it hard to get up in the morning
find it difficult to concentrate
have an increased appetite – some people have a particular craving for foods containing lots of carbohydrates and end up gaining weight as a result
These symptoms may make everyday activities increasingly difficult.
When to see your GP
You should see your GP if you think you might have SAD and you’re finding it difficult to cope.
There are a number of helpful treatments your GP may be able to recommend.