Time to Talk Day 2017

Today is Time to Talk Day organised and run by Time to Change:

The aim of Time to Talk Day is to get as many people talking about mental health as possible. At the moment, people with mental health problems are made to almost feel isolated because of their condition. They are made to feel worthless about themselves just because of how other people react.

Time to Talk Day is an opportunity for you to just have a conversation and talk about mental health. This doesn’t need to be difficult and can be as simple as making a cuppa or going for a walk.

I wanted to talk about how bullying can affect your mental health, especially the mental health of young people who are being bullied.

Bullying has so many affects that it is unbelievable, it affects everyone in a different way. Being bullied though can also affect your mental health, it causes both long and shot term problems.

Short term, being bullied can cause a young person to suffer from depression, it can also cause young people to want to self harm or commit suicide. The victim may even feel that they are unwanted or unloved. This can lead to the development of low self esteem, low self confidence or social anxiety.

Long term, bullying is known to cause chronic depression, PTSD and OCD  amongst other mental health conditions. Bullying can also impact on an existing mental health condition and cause the victim’s state of mental health to worsen. As a young person it is hard enough growing up with a mental health condition, so this being made worse because of bullying can make growing up very difficult.

I would like to encourage everyone today to talk to someone about their mental health, just ask them how they are feeling and if you are asked about your own mental health, you do not need to be ashamed to talk about it.

It’s never to late to have a conversation, have one today!

 

 

Time to Talk Day

Today is Time to Talk Day, organised and run by Time to Change:

The aim is to get as many people as possible across England talking about mental health.

By joining together on one day, we can break the silence that often surrounds mental health, and show that talking about this once-taboo issue doesn’t need to be difficult. – Time to Change

This is a great opportunity for you to talk to someone you know about their mental health. If you do, you will be joining tens of thousands of other individuals and hundreds of organisations who will also be speaking out about mental health.

Time to Change want to encourage everyone today to have a conversation about Mental Health and log this conversation on their map here.

You can be involved today in many different ways just check out the Time to Change website for more information: www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday.

You could have a conversation that is as simple as asking someone how they are feeling today, spreading the message about Time to Change and their campaign or sharing an interesting fact about mental health.

Many people don’t realise that mental health problems are as common as they are. By starting these simple conversations in everyday life we can show that there’s no need to be afraid of talking about mental health and it doesn’t need to be as hard as a lot of people think. – Time to Change

If during a conversation you feel that you or someone you know needs support with their mental health, the Time to Change website lists some support services here.

If you’re aged under 25 you can also get support from the free confidential helpline Get Connected. They are a great organisation that offers free help and advice to anyone under 25 about any issue including mental health.

Mental Health Education

Devan Witter says more understanding from a younger age could help tackle the growing issue, where 1 in every 3 schoolchildren have a mental health condition.

A man from Market Weighton wants mental health to be put on the national curriculum.

Devan Witter, the East Riding anti-bullying ambassador, claims it’s vital for school children to understand mental health, as it can be closely linked with bullying.

He believes education looking at the symptoms and treatments will help youngsters recognise how they can help others as they grow older.

Devan says it’s important children understand mental health:

“If they’re educated about it earlier then they’ll understand it more later on if they do sort of see young people developing these mental health conditions. So they’ll be more aware of how to approach that young person, rather than pushing them to one side and forgetting about them.”

He says they’ll be many benefits:

“It’ll also help children deal with modern pressures they face, and provide them with the advice they need to seek help, rather than suffer in silence like many other young people have.”

Devan says, on average, 3 children in each class could suffer from a mental health condition:

“One in ten children and young people aged 5 to 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder; so that’s around every 3 children in every class. So it’s quite important that young people are aware of these issues.”

The original article can be seen here.

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Bullying & Mental Health

Today I am looking at the issue of Bullying & Mental Heath and the problems which they both have in common.

Firstly bullying can have many short term and long term effects on a young person. Short term it can cause depression, make them want to self-harm or commit suicide, make the victim feel unwanted or even unloved. They may develop a lack of confidence or low self-esteem and even Social Anxiety Disorder [SAD].

Long term they could develop chronic depression, or a mental health condition such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD], Obsessive Compulsive Disorder [OCD] and others. I have more information about the effects bullying can have on my website, created with the help of Fixers here: www.adviceforteachers.org.uk.

Young people can also have a mental health condition which makes them different, such as suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder [ADHD], OCD, or an eating disorder to name a few. A young person suffering with a mental health condition may then get bullied because of that, this could lead to their condition being worsened or even them developing other conditions.

Some statistics:

Out of 3,600 young people 83% stated that what they have gone though has impacted their self-esteem, and that 30% of young people bullied would go on to self-harm.

According to the independent: “Liam Hackett, chief executive officer of Ditch The Label, said the survey showed “the profound effect bullying is having on children’s self-esteem and therefore the future prospects of millions of young people across the UK”.”

This tells me that more needs to be done about raising the awareness of both Mental Health and Bullying in schools.

If you are suffering and are not sure where to go, you can contact Get Connected, Young Minds or Time To Change.

It’s never too late to speak out, contact someone today!

Notes & Source(s):

http://www.youngminds.org.uk/

http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/youngpeople

http://adviceforteachers.fixers.org.uk/home/effects-of-bullying.php

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/report-10-of-bullied-teenagers-have-tried-to-commit-suicide-9262874.html