You Are Not Alone #WMHD2018
This year, World Mental Health Day focuses on young people in a changing world.
With 44% of young people in Northern Ireland having experienced a mental health problem we want to send the message out there that having stress, depression or anxiety is normal and not something to be ashamed or embarrassed of.
Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds fast becoming number one.
Our second message is to let people suffering with poor mental health know that they are not alone. Yes we do have a long way to go as a society to improve mental health services - a long, long way. But, there is help out there, it is just finding the right thing that works for you. We have listed some groups below designed to help deal with feelings of stress, anxiety and depression as well as self-help strategies.
The YoungMinds crisis messenger service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.
They aim to connect every texter to a trained volunteer in less than 5 minutes to provide support in a crisis. They will listen to you and help you think through how you’re feeling, and will aim to help you take the next steps towards feeling better.
Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
This service can help with urgent issues such as:
Abuse or assault
The AWARE Support Group for young adults will begin on Thursday 18 October at 6:45pm at the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh and will run every week after that at the same time. This group will help those experiencing mental health problems such as depression, bipolar, anxiety or stress.
The group is focused specifically on young adults aged 18 - 30. The Support Group is totally free and you just show up on the night - no appointment or referral is needed.
The purpose of the Support Group is to bring you together with other people to support each other and share experiences, discuss self help strategies and coping skills that will help you.
Free stress control classes are being held at Omagh Enterprise Centre from Monday 1st of October running for 6 weeks every Monday at 6.30pm-8.00pm. You do not need to attend all sessions, they are completely free and the idea is not to sit around in a group and share experiences - this is not “group therapy”. You just come along, bring a friend or family member and hear about ways to improve sleep habits, controlling your thoughts and planning for the future.
Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. They want to see a fundamentally different way of life - where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others.
Each month they share their Action calendar on their social media sites and website with the a theme each month - this month being Optimistic October. this is a great tool to use, stick it up on your bedroom wall or at your desk at work and try to take on that action for that day.
We can become very negative about the idea of who is there to help; our NHS services are terrible, waiting lists are extensive and friends or family will turn the other way if I seem different to them.
Trust in yourself first. Believe that you are the key to your own happiness by doing at least one of these things. Buy the little book of Positivity and take a page each night before bed and highlight the things that relate to you.
Or go to a support group even just for one session, sit at the back and leave if you feel uncomfortable. But even taking that one step to do something to help yourself is the time when other people can start to help you.
Please feel free to comment below with your own experiences or words of advice for other people suffering with poor mental health. Let’s support each other and let each young person know they are not alone.