Sadly mental health is STILL something which has a stigma attached to it. So when I came across this useful infographic created through mental health research I wanted to share it with my readers. As a parent of young children, I worry about their future and how the path of their lives will shape them. Obviously I hope that they will grow up to be strong, happy and independent people not afraid to stand up for themselves and what they believe in. I hope that they will not suffer from anxiety, depression or any of the myriad of issues which could affect them. But the scary truth is that it very easily could be any of my children.
Little Bean still suffers with anxiety around her eating and of course Jelly Bean has major anxiety surrounding his #problemswithpoop. I am hoping that in time and with the right support from the family and medical practitioners we will be able to help them to overcome their anxieties but only time will tell.
In hospital last week with Jelly Bean I bore witness to the damaging effects on families affected by young people with mental health issues. In the space of the few days that we were in hospital one teenage girl was placed on our ward after attempted suicide and another for self-harm.
Take a read of the infographic below and please, please do share with your friends and family too, mental illness isn’t something to be ashamed of and we can only overcome that if we all stick together and show our support. It’s REAL!