Let’s keep talking!! Just a week into 2018 and it’s fantastic to see so many discussing their mental health at the start of a new year.
Below are links to some articles making the news which make informative reading.
As part of their 6 year long #timetochange campaign to encourage people to talk about their mental health, the Daily Mirror runs an article on ex Premier League footballer Emmanuel Eboue , whose life is certainly very different from when he was a player. Haunted by the suicide of a fellow player and friend, Eboue discusses his own mental heath and his determination not to be another victim of suicide.
In the Mirror article he says ‘“I pray every day. I want God to help me. To help me to take it out of my head. I don’t want to think about suicidal thoughts. I want God to bring my morale up.”
We wish Eboue all the best for 2018 and applaud him for his resilience during his challenging times.
The Mirror also runs a story about former lawyer Rachel Cullen , who has suffered with poor mental health for a number of years. However, since she took up running, her life has been transformed.
It’s long been said that exercise can help to balance your mental health and Rachel is testimony to that. The Mirror quotes her as saying:
‘It’s been a 20-year physical and mental journey. Now I’ve written my memoir about how running saved me.
I haven’t outrun my demons. It never quite ends. The finish line is always moving and different challenges always crop up, but running helps me cope.’
We wish Rachel all the best and hope her story inspires some of you to try exercise as a way to improve your mental health. New year, new start!
The Independent’s article covers the dire wait to access mental heath support services at our Universities, with some students waiting up to four months.
Young people face multiple pressures during their time at University and this simply is not good enough. With the University suicide rate rising, the worst offenders need to implement proper and timely support services immediately.
There are some fabulous Universities out there, who realise the importance of supporting the mental health of their students. Equally, there are some who either don’t see the problems, don’t understand them, or simply do not feel it is a priority responsibility.
SOS are delighted to have worked closely (and continue to do so) with some pro-active educational establishments, but we are horrified by the continued lethargy of some we have spoken with.
An extremely interesting piece of copy from the Independent on 2 January 2018 reads:
‘The analysis shows 58 universities having increased funding for mental health provision in the past year while 12 have slashed spending.
Meanwhile 41 universities have cut the number of counsellors on their books over the past year.’
Investment in the mental health of young people is crucial and the under performing Universities need to look at, and replicate, the commitment of those who tackle this major issue head on.
The Guardian runs an article on how perfectionism is ruining the mental health of millennials (anyone aged 18-35) . However, we believe the self destruction that perfectionism leads to is something people of all ages are affected by. The article is however, informative reading and we highly recommend it. A teaser of the full article in The Guardian is below:
‘A study published by Thomas Curran and Andrew P Hill found the majority of respondents were experiencing “multidimensional perfectionism”, or the pressure to meet increasingly high standards, measured by a widening collection of metrics. The study linked this with the growing number of cases of mental illness among people in their 20s, including eating disorders, anxiety and depression. Perfectionism is a weakness. It’s making us ill.’
For anyone struggling with their mental health, please call the Samaritans and/or arrange to see your GP.
We wish you all a positive and peaceful 2018.
It’s time to stop the silence.