anxiety, celebrity, depression, general, health, mental health, wellbeing

Nailing Mental Health

 

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year

9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination

Somebody loses their life every TWO HOURS due to mental health

For every one female to take their own life due to mental health struggles, 4 men take theirs

In 2015 in the UK and ROI 6,078 people suffering with mental health issues, took their own life

2015 is also the year I finally took back control of my life, and fought the hardest battle I ever have, and won.

This is why when asked by Beauty Therapist Alison Mitchell,

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Alison Mitchell, just one of the 350 nail techs who’ll be taking part in the event

if I could give a little assistance promoting an upcoming event aimed at raising awareness surrounding mental health and to raise funds to go towards the provision of care of those suffering, I’m all behind it.

A celebrity nail artist from Dartford, Kent, has set up event  ‘Nailing Mental Health’, which will be taking place on Sunday 2nd April at InterContinental O2 Hotel, London from 10.30am where herself and approximately 350 nail techs will attempt to break a world record by doing at least 6,078 shapes and paints in green glitter, which is the colour of the mental heath ribbon, over 8 hours to mark each of the lives lost to mental illness.

Stephanie Staunton, whilst suffering her own battles, came up with the idea after suffering a break down and suicide attempt in August 2016. Stephanie, and her team aim to raise £30K, with a donation of £5 from each person who has their nails painted, and the funds raised will go towards MIND, Samaritans and Stephanies charity ‘Nailing Mental Health’.

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Stephanie Stuanton showing support with green nails

All funds raised will be used to cover the cost of therapy which will be offered to those suffering with mental health issues, as current waiting lists on the NHS can be anything between 12-18weeks, which can have devastating consequences.

But the event is just as much about raising awareness as it is funds. More shocking statistics show that

1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 – 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder – that is around three children in every class.

Between 1 in every 12 and 1 in 15 children and young people deliberately self-harm 

There has been a big increase in the number of young people being admitted to hospital because of self harm. Over the last ten years this figure has increased by 68%.

This is why we need to act, and we need to act now. We need more understanding around the issues surrounding mental health, and how we can help. We need more funding to provide the potentially life save care these people desperately need.

The event has already drawn some celebrity support, with some names set to attend on the day. But there is still an urgent need of nail techs to help set this record, which will be judged by Guinness Book of Records), and members of the public to attend the venue to have their nails painted.

To be part of this event and help raise awareness of mental health issues and funds for the charity, contact Stephanie via the Nailing Mental Health Facebook group.

http://www.nailingmentalhealth.org.uk

info@nailingmentalhealth.org.uk

Instagram @nailingmentalhealth

 

 

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anxiety, depression, lifestyle, mental health, wellbeing

Why I use social media to talk so openly about mental health

Over the past few years I have made no secret of Jessicas condition, and both spoken and wrote about it quite openly. Over the past few months I have started to do this about mental health conditions which affect my life, mainly depression and anxiety.  Two of many conditions which are sadly still a taboo making sufferers choose to keep to themselves for fear of being judged, shunned, avoided, or ignored. For some reason, mental illnesses are marginalised, written off as excuses, or completely ignored. I don’t like this so choose to speak openly about anything which affects my life and I want to explain why

I want to challenge stigma, discrimination and negative attitudes to mental health.

One in four people in the UK will suffer from mental health problems in their lifetime, but despite its prevalence, stigma remains one of the biggest challenges that people with mental health problems face. Most people living with mental health problems experience difficulty in finding work, being in a relationship and being socially included in society. The reason being society in general has stereotyped views about mental illness and how it affects people. Sadly there is a belief that people with mental illness are violent and dangerous. This view is upsetting, hurtful, completely untrue and needs to stop and I’ll contribute in any way I can to help end it.

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I feel we need to start treating our mental health like our physical health. We need to listen to people and how they are feeling and provide help and support rather than writing off mental illness as if it’s not real. Just because you can’t see the ”injury’, doesn’t mean it’s not there

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It‘s liberating, and I kind of like that feeling

I get a sense of relief from opening up and revealing who I am, flaws and all. This is me, I accept myself and feel comfortable enough to talk about my insecurities and vulnerabilities, and I’m not one bit ashamed or embarrassed. I also really appreciate all those people who remain in my life, but if you know me you’ll know that these issues play very little if any part at all in regular conversations. I’m not an absolute raincloud of doom, if anything the opposite.

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It’s self help, it’s therpeautic and it’s relief

I’ve concluded this year that there is three things I need to do to take care of myself, and keep in check with my feelings. Eat right, exercise and write, whether it’s about an issue completely unrelated to mental health or about a personal issue, it helps. I’ve noticed if I eat something I probably shouldn’t, my mood changes, the same if I don’t exercise several times a week. If I stop talking about how I really feel, my feelings build up and begin to spiral out of control. I’ve become quite good at being in tune with my body, and I recognise very early the signs of another depressive or anxiety ridden episode rearing its ugly head. And with coping mechanisms, I’ll fight it. This is my body and my mind and negative thoughts and feelings aren’t welcome.

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From my experience, there is a lack of support

Waiting list for counselling and therapy are long, some people waiting over six months for any kind of support. Unless you tick the box on the initial evaluation form stating you’ve had suicidal thoughts which I would then assume you’re given help immediately. Nobody should ever get to a point in life where they tick that box.

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I believe if we talk about any issues affecting us more openly, there will be less of a need to seek professional help. We shouldn’t feel we need to resort to talking to a stranger for help, when friends and family should be all we need, but again, to do this we need to end the stigma.

I want to raise awareness

Depression and anxiety are the most common mental disorders in Britain as stated earlier in this blog, with one in four people experiencing some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year. As you read this, there is a high probability that someone you know is suffering, possibly in silence…

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I’d like to think I can help raise awareness and encourage people to look out for any signs that a family member, friend, neighbour or work colleague could be feeling low and could do with someone to talk to, or even just offer kind words or a compliment which may just make their day.

I want to help other people

I’d like to think I can encourage others by giving them the courage to open up and talk about their feelings and assure them they are not alone. Nor are they strange, or weird, but normal, perfectly normal.

I know my openness helps other people, through messages I sometimes receive. I’ll be a shoulder or give words of advice and support to anyone experiencing hard times when they feel they have nowhere to turn, because I know that feeling too well. To anyone suffering from a mental illness who may read this, please know that you are not alone. I see you, I hear you and I know how difficult it is to ask for help.

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So if anyone reads anything I post online, and wonders why on earth I’m making such personal issues so public, I hope this gives a bit of an insight. I’m not the only one who does it, but one of thousands who so desperately wants to end the stigma around mental health by talking about it on social media. That and I also have a terrible habit of feeling I constantly need to justify myself.