We take our bodies down to the gym for a workout, this can make us feel good due to the release of chemicals and hormones, it also can make us look good with well toned musles. In a visually perceptive world it can be easy to make character assesments at a glance, but whats going on in the head is another thing all together and, we dont have gym memberships for the brain. So why don’t we, when its that brain the controls the body?
“What are you doing for others?”
Mental Health definition
The sad thing about Mental Health perception is how people can view it. After all is it normal to be warring like we do, killing each other effortlessly whilst we find more money for the rockets and bombs, meanwhile closing specialist hospitals.
Is it normal for politicians to field questions for cash or claim expenses that do not exist….
The answer is YES to all!!
So Mental Health issues seem to be labelled, society just accepts the insanity of reality! Its all upside really, don’t you think?
The facts and figures around Mental Health in the UK are alarming.
1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year
Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain
Women are more likely to have been treated for a mental health problem than men
About 10% of children have a mental health problem at any one time
Depression affects 1 in 5 older people
Suicides rates show that British men are three times as likely to die by suicide than British women
Only 1 in 10 prisoners has no mental disorder
It's estimated that around one million people will die by suicide worldwide each year.
are more likely to have been treated for a mental health problem than men (29%
compared to 17%).This could be because, when asked, women are more likely to report
symptoms of common mental health problems. (Better Or Worse: A Longitudinal Study
Of The Mental Health Of Adults In Great Britain, National Statistics, 2003)
is more common in women than men. 1 in 4 women will require treatment for depression at some time, compared to 1 in 10 men. The reasons for this are unclear, but are thought to be due to both social and biological factors. It has also been suggested that depression in men may have been under diagnosed because they present to their GP with different symptoms. (National Institute For Clinical Excellence, 2003)
Women are twice as likely to experience anxiety as men. Of people with or , about 60% are female. (The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)
Men are more likely than women to have an or problem. 67% of British people who consume alcohol at ‘hazardous’ levels, and 80% of those dependent on alcohol are male. Almost three quarters of people dependent on cannabis and 69% of those dependent on other illegal drugs are male. (The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)
The UK has one of the highest rates of in Europe, at 400 per 100,000 population.
People with current mental health problems are 20 times more likely than others to report having harmed themselves in the past. (National Collaborating Centre For Mental Health)
Sometimes a simple, ‘Hello’, can help, an acknowledgement, a smile, taking time to recognise someone. Society doesn’t focus enough on Mental Health, but it is there for all to see.
We only have each other and unless we care, then no-
Just days after I posted this article the sad news about Robin Williams broke.
Why does it often take a tragic event like this to bring the subject to popular media attention? Celebrity status, money or power are no guarantees in life. Each day someone, somewhere is doing the same.