Mind Matters

October is Mental Health month, and the 10th is the International Mental Health Day, so we are allowed to bring up a heavy, for many, subject.

Mental health has long been a taboo subject in our society, shrouded in stigma and silence, whilst for too many years, discussing one’s mental well-being has been viewed as a sign of weakness or an admission of vulnerability. This silence has hindered progress in understanding and addressing mental health issues effectively, but thankfully; the tide is turning as more individuals and organizations are breaking down these barriers, championing open conversations, and emphasising the importance of seeking help and support when needed. It’s time to recognise that mental health is just as vital as physical health, and discussing it openly is a significant step towards fostering a healthier and more empathetic society.

As per CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) 125 lives are lost every week to suicide. And 75% of all UK suicides are male. You don’t have to have a history of mental health issues in order to hit ‘rock bottom’ and the triggers can be unexpected.

If you’re feeling down, call someone up, go to the pub (provided that doesn’t negatively impact you), or talk to a stranger; and if a friend seems down, take the time and talk to them.

Listen to sad music and pay attention to the lyrics – it is comforting to know someone understands. Then get better and pay attention to the music!

Engage with your local Talking Therapies. They can be regarded as too busy to take you on in public conscience, and similarly as only offering that many appointments, but you will be surprised by how quickly you will see someone following your assessment should that be deemed necessary, and you might get help gain a new perspective, and turn what’s ‘eating you’ into a tool to bring about positive change for yourself and others.

If you’re having panic attacks remind yourself that this too shall pass next time you get an ‘aura’, and if you’re on medication take it as prescribed and avoid alcohol and/or illicit drugs.

If you’re overwhelmed call the Samaritans on 116 123 (please look up your local services online)

Please click here for a fairly comprehensive list of relevant services from Mind‘s website here.

And please remember that no matter how bad, life is better than the other option!

We are going to share a few stories regarding mental health this month and you will realise how come the third album has taken so long already (we have things to announce to you soon). Be Excellent to Each Other!