I’m rubbish at writing but here’s me trying to get something off my chest at 00:26am.
Over the last couple of weeks I have had several conversations with people close to me about the current state of economy – how hard it is to find a job ( I know 4 people right now out of work looking for a job ) and general going on’s. (Oh yeah pretty positive stuff!)
Although I don’t know Ree Ree Rockette in person check her tweets here – I recently saw a tweet about a kid that was doing well for himself however he ended his own life after reaching a dark place. I can’t begin to think what was going through his head when he decided to take his own life. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
Just the other day a very close friend of mine told me she knows of 4 people who have committed suicide in the space of a month. 4 PEOPLE. 4. In a MONTH. How? Why?
A close friend of mine last year went through it – she lost two members of close family – lost her job and landed herself in a downward spiral. Thankfully they had a massive support unit – friends and family that cared about her and I think what was most important was that they realised they needed help and reached out to the help available. They are doing better now and making recovery – however some people are not so lucky.
According to Mental Health Stats
- 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year
- Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain
- About 10% of children have a mental health problem at any one time
- Suicides rates show that British men are three times as likely to die by suicide than British women
- Self-harm statistics for the UK show one of the highest rates in Europe: 400 per 100,000 population
When I read that and then hear the stories I have heard it scares me. I feel scared for the people that feel as if they can’t reach out for help – If your one of these people and are reading this – THERE’S HELP AVAILABLE.
In 2004, more than 5,500 people in the UK died by suicide. (Samaritans suicide statistics, 2004)
What scares me even more is when I read the following
- One in ten children between the ages of one and 15 has a mental health disorder. (The Office for National Statistics Mental health in children and young people in Great Britain, 2005)
- Estimates vary, but research suggests that 20% of children have a mental health problem in any given year, and about 10% at any one time. (Lifetime Impacts: Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health, Understanding The Lifetime Impacts, Mental Health Foundation, 2005)
- Rates of mental health problems among children increase as they reach adolescence. Disorders affect 10.4% of boys aged 5-10, rising to 12.8% of boys aged 11-15, and 5.9% of girls aged 5-10, rising to 9.65% of girls aged 11-15. (Mental Disorder More Common In Boys, National Statistics Online, 2004)
Tell someone you TRUST.
Talk to your GP. They won’t think your crazy – They are there to help and advise on what steps to take. Some people and countries don’t have anything like the services on offer in the UK. You must seek the help. Their on YOUR side not against you.