Every year in England, 1 in 4 adults will have some sort of mental health concern. 1 in 6 adults reports that they are experiencing mental health concerns in England each week. Those who do ask for the help they need can wait up to 10 years to feel better. Unfortunately, many people don’t ask for help because of the stigma surrounding mental health. Some people are ashamed or embarrassed to ask for mental health support.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

There are a number of reasons why someone might develop a mental health condition. Research suggests that there can be multiple overlapping causes. Traumatic life events, lifestyle, genetics, or biology can play a part. However, regardless of the reasons behind someone’s mental health condition, they are genuine health issues. 

People with mental health conditions have been marginalised for more than 1,000 years. However, these days, there’s a much greater understanding of the mind and mental health issues. Unfortunately, the media often portrays those with mental health conditions to be violent, irrational, dangerous, or unpredictable. This can help to perpetuate the stigma when in reality some people with mental health issues can find it hard to go about their day-to-day lives. 

Feeling Ashamed 

Anyone who feels ashamed of their mental health struggles is likely to try to hide it. This means that they won’t get the help they need. In fact, their physical health might even begin to suffer. Research has shown that people with depression, for example, are 40% more likely to develop metabolic and cardiovascular diseases than the rest of the population. 

Feeling ashamed of your mental health, and can prevent you from getting the help you deserve. 

What We Can Do

The best thing that we can do is to speak honestly and openly about mental health. When we share our personal experiences we help to change attitudes.

Many well-known people have come forward to speak about their struggles. This has helped to normalise mental health concerns and it encourages others to open up. Just think, if you were brave enough to speak about your mental health struggles, you could finally receive the help and support you need. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk