#ShareSpeakStop - 3 Things You Should Do if You Think You Have a Mental Health Problem

Monday, 5 October 2015

World Mental Health Day #ShareSpeakStop
It's World Mental Health Day this Saturday, so I thought I would do a week full of posts dedicated to mental health, well-being and positivity. I did a similar thing last year and you can view all of the posts I wrote over on my Mental Health page. I want to get a discussion going, as I think so many more people need to get talking about mental health, create more awareness, break down the stigma and in turn help more people and save lives. I've coined this series #ShareSpeakStop and it's all about sharing mental health knowledge, speaking up and putting a stop to the discrimination in the hope that people will know they're not alone and that it's ok to not feel ok! So I would love for you guys to write your own blog posts, your own stories or just to simply get talking using the hashtag #ShareSpeakStop.  Now onto the post - finally (I bet you thought I might never shut up!)
Today I'm talking about 3 of the things I think are the most important when you feel like you may be displaying some symptoms of a mental health illness. 

DISCLAIMER: As I have always said I am not medically trained, and all opinions are my own, they do not work for anyone, it's just suggestions which I think will be helpful.

1. Visit your GP
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This is one of the most important things that people should do, but often is pushed to the back of our minds. A visit to the GP is usually the starting and turning point to a lot of mental health problems (not always, but sometimes), they can assess your situation and give you a diagnosis, refer you to therapy, prescribe you with medication or just rid you of any little worries you might have. Although I don't always agree with the the way that some GP's handle the diagnosis and treatment of certain mental health problems, it is crucial step if you think that you might be showing some symptoms. So phone them up and make that appointment today - it could save your life!

2. Talk to someone or something
I have spoken about the power of talking a lot of times on my blog and other platforms. It is something I believe in so strongly and believe that it is probably one of the biggest prevention techniques to a developing mental health problem. Just a 'hello, how are you doing?' or 'how has your day been?' is enough to get the ball rolling and get someone to open up more about how they're feeling or have been feeling. It helps them to feel listened to. It helps them to feel like they're not alone and that people do care! Moving on to my next point, you don't always have to talk to someone, it can be a non-physical object. For me it was my journal (before I started the blog) and believe it or not...my cat! But it doesn't matter who or what, it's that feeling of releasing any pent up emotions and pain that you may be experiencing which acts as a magic potion!

3. Don't Panic
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Now why did I have the sudden urge to start quoting that annoying song by French Montana - ugh! But yeah as the popular song says 'don't panic!' Don't worry, having a mental health problem is not the be all and end all of life - as popular stigma suggests. I'm not saying it's not going to be hard and I'm not saying it's going to be easy but don't feel like it's going to be the end of your life. You can still be successful, you can still be that strong independent person you always wanted to be and you can still rule the world - it just might take a little time that's all. You may go to the doctor and find out that you don't have any mental health problems at all! So try not to worry until you have been given a full diagnosis, and if it turns out that you do have depression or something more severe such as schizophrenia - your life doesn't have to end there, you don't have to succumb to the stigma - you will still be you with a dash of mental health on the side and that's ok!

So like I said at the beginning, I am doing a whole week's worth of posts dedicated to talking about mental health, to support world mental health day to end that stigma and discrimination! I would love to get a discussion going so please use the #ShareSpeakStop to share information and stories. I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for another one tomorrow! :)

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