Today is World Mental Health Day 2019 – Mental health is such a relevant topic for us as parents
If you’re finding yourself struggling with your mental health, it’s important to know that you’re not alone and you won’t be judged. Many parents don’t speak out for fear that they’ll be deemed ‘not coping’, or told to ‘just get on with it’ – this really isn’t the case. World Mental Health Day is a fabulous opportunity to get the message out there and raise awareness.
Statistics show that approximately 68% of women and 57% of men with mental health problems are parents – this shows that we’re more likely, as parents, to need extra mental health support making the topic all the more relevant to us. Parents who commit suicide are more likely to have a child who does the same – this is why it is so vital for us to reach out.
As the World Federation For Mental Health states, there is NO health without mental health. We’d get a broken leg cast, we’d get a migraine treated, so why should mental health be any different?
What is World Mental Health Day?
Organised by the World Federation For Mental Health, World Mental Health Day is an awareness day aimed at;
- Educating the public about mental health
- Raising awareness of mental health
- Advocating against residual social stigmas surrounding mental health problems
This year’s specific agenda is suicide prevention.
This video guide on mental health problems is enlightening and so helpful;
Real Stories From Real Parents
Our community of parents and bloggers have shared some insight into mental health awareness with us. We have many inspiring and informative stories to share with you, so here are our most popular;
- Ross at Isablog’s story of male postnatal depression
- Ian at Dad’s Delicious Dinners shares his mental health experience here
- Laura at Life With Baby Kicks talks perinatal mental health here
We hope that these stories help you to see that you’re certainly not alone, and that support is out there.
Resources For Support & Advice
If you need to reach out and speak to someone about your mental health, you’re doing the right thing by recognising and making that step. We’d advise that you;
- Contact your GP and arrange an appointment
- Contact a recognised organisation for signposting to support services
If you are feeling suicidal, please call 999 or attend your local A&E immediately.
The following helplines are advised by the NHS;
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
Men’s Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.
Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm)
Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.
Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm)
A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
Phone: 0845 120 3778 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm, and 2pm to 5pm on weekends)
Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.
SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm)
Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: www.sane.org.uk/textcare
Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum
Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
Love from Katie & Team BBY. Xx