The Label of Mental Health - Who am I?

By Grace Farrar

Accessing help for mental health issues is something that is considerably important for any individual to do that requires some form of help. If you are struggling and feel like you would benefit from support, there are numerous services available not only through Unmasked, but alternative routes that can aid in helping you deal with what is going on.

Why do I feel like this? What is going on with me?

When told by a councillor or a GP that you are experiencing typical symptoms of common mental health issues such as depression or anxiety, it can make you feel elated – finally I know why I feel the way I do. There is a sense of relief in the confirmation that ok I am not going mad. But, on the flip side, it can also make you feel like that is a label etched into you from that point on. 

Will people treat or view me differently if they know? 

The reality is, according to Mind Charity, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem every year in the UK, and WHO announced at the end of 2019 that we are in an ongoing mental health crisis. Look at your friendship group, or the people that you work with, or even those living on your street – how many of those individuals may be dealing with something that you have no idea about? How many of them may be wearing a mask? Because of the way that sadly mental health is still stigmatised, people may shy away from acknowledging ok maybe this isn’t just a bad week, or I’m not just feeling extra worried – I need help.

Addressing this and reaching out is one of the best things that you can do. Understanding how your mind works and the things that make you feel sh*t helps you to confront them, and over time work on overcoming them. Yes, mental health can suck – but learning how to deal with it, opening up about it and gaining the support you need is not only invaluable, but it provides you with a sense of freedom through realisation you can do this. 

I can control this, it can't control me!

Mental health can be scary to talk about – but by taking that initial step of speaking out, it not only helps you but reminds others that they are not alone and together, we need to get talking to erase the stigma. 

At Unmasked, we want to be frontline in the battle for better mental health by getting people talking, because we understand the life-changing impact that this can have. If you or someone you know could benefit from our services, please get in touch, check our App, Counselling and Hubs tabs. We will remove the stigma associated with mental health; one mask at a time!

Grace Farrar

Unmasked Co-ordinator 

15 April 2021

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