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A Focus for Mental Health Awareness Week

A Focus for Mental Health Awareness Week

A Focus for Mental Health Awareness Week

In a world that can be busy and stressful, it's so easy to forget about our mental health. Mental Health Awareness Week is a friendly reminder to slow down, take a breath, and put our well-being first.

Why Self-Care Matters

Self-care isn't just about treating yourself to a spa day (although, that would be nice!). It's about looking after our mental, emotional, and physical health. It’s important to set boundaries, recognise our limits, and make choices that put our own well-being first.

Putting your mental health first doesn't make you weak, it shows we know how vital it is to take care of our minds. Just like we'd have no problem speaking to our doctor for a physical issue, it’s no different for our mental health.

Breaking Down Mental Health Stigma

Even though society has come a long way in talking about mental health, there's still this stigma hanging around. Lots of people hold back from reaching out for help because they're scared of being judged or feeling ashamed. This stigma just keeps the whole suffering-in-silence thing going which is damaging to each other. Mental health matters just as much as physical health, and it's time we all start treating it that way.

Getting Support When You Need It

One of the best things you can do when suffering with any mental health issues, is reaching out for support. Whether it's speaking with a close friend, opening up to a member of your family, or talking to a professional such as your GP, sharing your struggles can feel like a huge weight off your shoulders. There are people out there who really do care and want to help.

Don’t forget about therapy and counselling. These places offer a safe and professional space where you can open your feelings without fear of being judged.

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If you are suffering with any mental health issues, please find some helpful contacts below:

Samaritans

To talk about anything that is upsetting you, you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), email jo@samaritans.org or visit some branches in person. You can also call the Samaritans Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).

SANEline

If you're experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10pm every day).

National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK

Offers a supportive listening service to anyone with thoughts of suicide. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK on 0800 689 5652 (6pm to midnight every day).

 

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