Time to encourage people to discuss mental health and start those small conversations that can make a big difference.
Today, take the time to connect with your friends, colleagues, and family and to ask them if ‘they are ok’. Not everyone knows how to help themselves or can spot when they need help. And COVID-19 has put many extras pressures on everyone to stay on top of difficult feelings and new life challenges.
Kellie Sharp, Kanga’s Commercial Director spent a number of years battling with depression. From the outside she may have appeared to be strong in nature and happy in many ways, but behind the scenes she struggled to stay positive.
“I now know that I actually ‘sleep-walked’ through many of years of my life, fighting the voices in my head that told me I wasn’t good enough and generally life wasn’t worth carrying on for. It wasn’t until my husband forced me to get help, having spotted the deteriorating signs after my father died and got me help. Now I can see that I have the clarity and positive focus I was missing for all those years.”
Kanga supports a number of charities which provide help to those suffering with mental health issues. We are very lucky to count Visyon as one of those, a charity supporting the mental health of children, young people and their families, just a stone’s throw away from our Kanga head office.
Rethink is also another mental health charity we support, who do great work helping people who are struggling throughout the country.
So, if you or someone you know are struggling with mental health issues please don’t suffer in silence. Reach out to one of the support groups that we have mentioned or you can also click through to this page of the NHS website for their comprehensive list of mental health support groups.
*Stats taken from the Mind website.