A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY IN 2024
Everyone can feel anxious. But when you live with severe mental illness, anxiety can reach a whole new level.
Stigma. Discrimination. Lack of support. Side effects of medication. Mania. Psychosis. Limited access to housing, employment, and welfare. These are unique anxieties faced daily by those of us experiencing mental illness.
But is that something you hear about often? No.
Across surveys in 2023, people living with mental illness highlighted the following issues.
– There is not enough awareness and understanding about what it means to be severely affected by mental illness.
– Symptoms of their condition cause them stress or anxiety.
– Their anxiety prevented them from seeing friends/family.
– Difficulties with accessing support/treatment has caused them stress or anxiety.
There are 500,000 living with severe mental illness in England.
Some people might find having a bath and lighting candles helpful, but the world is different if you experience a mental illness.
It’s time for people to truly understand what it is like to live with Mental Illness and its time that society truly cares for people living with this.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 is 13th -19th May.