We’ve collated a handful of the many things you need to know in 2018 about mental health and World Mental Health Day 2018.
To start off with, a quote from the World Health Organisation, “Half of all mental illness begins at the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated.”
We found some shocking statistics surrounding mental health in the UK:
- In England, one in five women have been reported to have a mental illness, compared to one in eight within men
- Men are three times more likely to take their own lives than women
- Suicide is the leading cause of death amongst 15-year olds and those aged between 20-34
- 75% of young people are not receiving any treatment
- The average waiting time for any treatment that is effective is 10 years
Mental health conditions are more common than cancer, heart disease and diabetes, combined, as reported by Scientific American.
Today in England, a new minister has been appointed for suicide prevention by PM, Theresa May. Health Minister, Jackie Doyle-Price, will look to tackle the stigma surrounding suicide, as reported by the BBC.
Regardless, never forget that the Samaritans service is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you ever want to speak to someone for free, call 116 123.
Remember the quote from Dumbledore, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
According to Deloitte UK, 95% of people have taken time off work due to stress or a condition relating to stress.
Mind Share Partners highlight in a video they have created for World Mental Health Day 2018 on what it can be like having a mental health illness whilst working.
Every single person can be impacted by mental health illnesses, whether they work in an office or on the football field. The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has reported that 312 players have reached out for mental health support.
Childish Gambino’s latest song, Feels Like Summer, was centred around news, health and mental health stories around celebrated musicians and artists around the world.
Hear Martin’s story of how work and life impacted him, resulted in an addiction, and how he changed his life around and is now on the path to recovery.
Promote mental health awareness, especially in the young throughout the world, through Twitter:
TODAY IS WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY – Let’s make #WorldMentalHealthDay top trending. Share your thoughts on mental health. Attention on social media can lead to more awareness and give #mentalhealth higher priority worldwide. Feel free to use our material when sharing the message <3 pic.twitter.com/YRkHN7Xpd5
— WorldMentalHealthDay (@WMHDay) October 10, 2018
If you think you know someone experiencing a mental health problem, give them the support they need. Mind provide a wealth of support and information to help you help a friend or loved one.
Find 10 charts on the scale of the mental health problem and how it can impact everyone and anyone.
And this year’s theme for World Mental Health Day 2018 is the young and how mental health is changing their world.