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It's World Mental Health Day 2023!
Disabled people are three times more likely to suffer from bad mental health and 38% of all reported severe mental health issues are down to long term health conditions.
Having a long-term physical condition can lead to social isolation, low self-esteem, stigma and even discrimination. You may feel tired, frustrated, worried or stressed, especially when dealing with pain, tests, treatments or flare-ups. Throw in struggles with benefits and you can see the disabled community can be in need of more support than ever.
The stigma around mental health issues and seeking help for the same is universal. It restricts individuals from expressing their concerns. Therefore, as a society, it is crucial to have resources that can help one take care of their mental health and to educate themselves and others. I've included some links below to a few very helpful resources and help lines if you feel you need them.
Mental health support doesn't have to be expensive and should be accessible to everyone. Having access to peer support, therapy, medication, and counselling can be very impactful and should be utilized if needed. I know first hand it can be very hard to take that first step and seek help, but it can be life saving and life changing.
If you feel like you're struggling, please speak out, you're never truly alone.
So my question to you all; What helps give your mental health a much needed boost?
Find your local Mind support services. For counselling, talking therapy and Crisis lines.
The Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day - in full confidence.
If you are struggling to cope and need to talk, trained Shout volunteers are available day or night via text, all anonymous.
Anxiety UK is run by and for those with anxiety, offering an extensive range of support services designed to help support those affected by anxiety disorders, anxiety and anxiety-based depression.
The NHS has a good page of resources to call on and can even help you change GPs if you feel yours isn't listening.
and of course, you can check out the Scope page on mental health for more support.
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