Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Manx Radio broadcasts mental health message

Manx Radio broadcasts mental health message

The charity Coastal West Sussex Mind is joining hundreds up and down the country in marking Mental Health Awareness week with a series of events, created to get people talking and lessen the stigma of having a mental illness.

Recent MIND research has found that 40% of people with mental health problems have experienced stigma or discrimination in the place they live at the moment, and that two thirds of people with mental health problems have had at least one issue with the quality of their home.

Many organisations in Scotland including the Mental Health Foundation, See Me, SAMH, Penumbra, Samaritans and The Alliance play a huge part in helping to break down barriers associated with talking about mental health and together we are making progress, evidenced in part by the increase in demand for support.

Spirit FM is asking for an extra minute of your time for mental health. Mental ill-health is one of the biggest public health challenges facing society.

People with mental health problems are being failed when it comes to housing, which is why on 3 May 2018 national MIND launched its Housing and Mental Health campaign.

And it's something we all need to think about a lot more than we now do.

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Four in 10 graduates claimed they had left university with mental health issues and 65% said they did not think their university did enough to support students with conditions. This is why our new Mental Health Strategy, published a year ago, was shaped by a public consultation - a consultation which received almost 600 responses.

The Behavioral Health Center of Nueces County (BHCNC) is the Local Mental Health Authority, providing services and support to individuals living with mental illness.

All of this work is underpinned by a significant financial commitment of £150 million over five years. And yet it is still much harder for most of us to talk about our mental, rather than our physical, health and this is no different in the workplace. This poignant moment of reflection, a first in United Kingdom radio, is a wonderful opportunity to help us improve how we support each other emotionally.

Periods of ill health can be recovered from if treated so let's do not forget to make time to look after our own mental wellbeing and be mindful of those we are close to.

"The first step is always letting your GP know and getting into the NHS system". So if you, or someone you know, feel that talking could help with any worries you have about mental health, these numbers might be useful.

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