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Be Self Aware: Mental Health Awareness

depiction of what mental health disorder can do to the mind. Image by Josh Clifford from Pixabay

The world is changing. Many people have suffered from depression, anxiety disorder, personality disorder, substance abuse, and other mental health issues as a result of it.

The pandemic continues to wreak havoc on people’s lives at home, causing anxiety, joblessness, death, isolation, and the uncertainty that comes with the virus.

Millions of people have experienced mental illness or witnessed a loved one struggle; however, some people have gone through it unknowingly, meaning they are unaware of their situation or are in denial.

Katie Burdis tweeted that she had a panic attack on the field but did not know what it was, which is one of the reasons mental health awareness is so important. The footballer said, “Please speak up if you aren’t feeling 100 percent.” It’s okay to not be okay,” many people, like the football player, have no idea what mental health is.

Your illness does not define you.

Your strength and courage does.

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Mental health has no age barrier It can affect people of all ages, and it is now more important than ever to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. This stigma has resulted in suicides and people avoiding seeking help because they fear being labeled as crazy or feeling less of themselves if they admit to not feeling well mentally.

It is important to know that aside the current change in the world due to the pandemic, there are other factors that can trigger a mental health disorder such as, Memories tied to a traumatic event, abandoned, or out of control overthinking, fear of failure, heartbreak from a relationship, stress, and a desire for perfection, among other things, can trigger one of the various types of mental health disorders.

It is time to take action and fight for mental health. Speak up; there is no shame in mental illness. There are helplines available through the HSE website that you can call and will remain anonymous, even if you are concerned that your personal information will be shared. Fight for your health because it is the most valuable asset you can have.

On this week’s podcast, we had the opportunity to speak with a lady who has struggled with mental health issues. She will share her story of how it all started, how she was diagnosed, and the steps she took to help herself recover.

Helplines available                                                                                                                                              

1. Text “Hello” to 50808 this is Anonymous 24/7 Support.

2. Mental health counselling Text, Chat, video or call

3. Turn2me free online counselling and support groups

4. Mental health Ireland:

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