Mental Health is a topic extremely close to my heart right now.
I am struggling.
Last week I started taking anti anxiety medicine as I can no longer cope with the symptoms of anxiety. Well actually that isn’t quite true. My children were upset and scared at my daily vomiting. It was starting to prevent me being the mum I wanted to be. So it was time to do something about it…
Medication isn’t the route I wanted to go down. I feel the stigma even though I don’t think twice about taking medicine for physical illnesses.
According to the NHS 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 children are affected by mental health problems in any year. Yet only 1 in 8 receive any treatment. There is shame, denial, embarrassment, fear, guilt. But it is an illness, something out of our control. We can take steps as individuals to prevent it but as a society we need to learn to accept mental health illness and make seeking help a positive action.
Please don’t suffer alone. If you feel overwhelmed, then please seek advice from your GP.