On Thursday 4th February people across the country are being encouraged to talk about mental health. The Time to Talk campaign, led by Mind and Rethink, aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health.
Dr Sarah Powell from BSL Healthy Minds, SignHealth’s psychological and counselling service for deaf people, shares her advice with the deaf community.
“Let’s talk about mental health.
Thousands of people have experienced some kind of mental health condition. Many people have experienced difficult times in their life, whether that’s something that happened to them a long time ago or it’s something that’s affecting them now, like anxiety or a phobia.
The key thing to remember is that you are not alone.
You only need to have a look in the newspaper to see stories about depression or a person suffering from panic or anxiety. We even see really sad stories about people who are struggling so much with their mental health that they have attempted to kill themselves.
And it’s not just ‘everyday’ people who struggle with their mental health. Famous people and sports stars do too, like boxer Frank Bruno and footballer Neil Lennon. The same can be said for famous actors and actresses, they all experience mental health problems too.
Have you ever thought about your friends or family being affected by mental health? The chances are they have as well. Maybe some of them have put their hand up and said, ‘Yes, I’ve had a bad experience’ whilst others prefer to keep it to themselves.
It’s really important you don’t feel you’re suffering alone.
Your friends and family are there to help you, as are we at BSL Healthy Minds. If you’re not ready to speak to your friends and family, you can come to us and we will help you.
Mental health is not a bad thing, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about – it’s just your body’s way of dealing with things that have happened in your life.”
Please text 07966 976747 or email if you would like BSL Healthy Minds to help you.