Sunday, October 09, 2011

How aware are you?

Did you know?  1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental health related illness at some point in their lives.

Tomorrow (Monday 10th October 2011)  is World Mental Health Day and the start of OCD Awareness Week. An important week to raise awareness of mental health issues globally and hopefully reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. 

This year the theme is "Investing in mental health".  The World Health Organisation states that; "Financial and human resources allocated for mental health are inadequate especially in low resource countries. The majority of low- and middle-income countries spend less than 2% of their health budget on mental health.

FACT: Many countries have less than one mental health specialist per one million population. Even a considerable part of the limited resources is spent on large mental hospitals and not for services delivered through community and primary health care.

I have suffered with mental health problems since the age of 8, along with friends and family who have battled (and still battle) with OCD, depression, eating disorders and anxiety. They are some of the strongest people I know.

It is definitely something I feel strongly about and it is time that people try and understand the battle people suffering with any mental illness go through on a daily basis. Remember, just because you can't SEE someone hurting, doesn't mean they are not hurting.

For more information or support visit OCD-UK or join the Facebook group 

For more information and fact sheets on mental health visit the website or join the Facebook group

I blog for World Mental Health Day

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