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Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

This week 8 to 14 May 2017, is mental health awareness week. While it’s not directly linked to the work that we do, I thought as it is an often misunderstood and overlooked issue, that it is an important issue that is worth covering.

Mental health, is the psychological equivalent of physical health. In other words, it is the health of your mind. This is also known as well-being or emotional health. The emotions a person feels and expresses as well as the way they think about themselves, other people and the various things that go on in their life, all contribute towards their mental health.

Mental health is an issue that is receiving increasing attention, as well-being and emotional health as well as the difficulties of people who struggle in these areas, are being researched in to more deeply than they have been at any time in recent history. Despite this, there is a considerable amount of stigma around the idea of mental health. People often do not know much about it and therefore there are many misconceptions. This is often caused by a lack of knowledge of mental health and/or a lack of experience of people who are knowledgeable on the subject or have experience of mental health.

This is why it is important to engage with this topic and be supportive of people who have issues in this area.

So, as it is mental health awareness week, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share with you some links to some online communities where people write about their mental health, in order to promote peoples’ experience and to give everyone a wider understanding of the issue.

Time to Change

Time to Change is a blog that addresses the stigma surrounding mental health, through publishing a wide range of blog posts. In particular, they publish personal stories written by a wide range of contributing writers, who talk about their experiences of mental health and how it has affected various aspects of their lives. The range of different mental health conditions and a range of different aspects of life such as work, education, family and socialisation.

The Mighty

The mighty is a community of people who experience disabilities, health conditions and mental health conditions. It contains a whole range of personal stories, news, opinion pieces and other media content related to these issues, written by people with experience of them. They have over six thousand contributors.

They have a mental illness section which provides, news, opinions, advice, personal stories and more about mental illness, covering a wide range of mental illnesses.

Disability in Kidlit

This is a resource specifically about the depiction of disabled people in fiction. Their definition of the word disabled is much broader than the usual interpretation of the word and also extends to people who are suffering from health conditions and mental health conditions.

They have a mental illness section which reviews depiction of mental illness in a wide range of books, interviews people who write about mental illness and discusses the impact of the various ways in which it is represented.

What are you doing to acknowledge Mental Health Awareness week? Please share your views in the comments below.


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