Mental health awareness DAY!

Hey Queens and Kings,

We know, We know it’s been over a month since we last posted on the ItsHerMelanin blog and NO NO NO we are not sorry because ItsHerMelanin has been working on some amazing projects to be produced over the next couple of years. Unfortunately we don’t want to tell you anything about the projects yet simply because everything is not finalised and lets be honest we all love surprises, though next weeks post will announce some developments about the web series project announced on insta last month …..ItsHerMelanin Insta !

Mental Health Awareness Dayy!

You guys don’t even know how excited we are here at ItsHerMelanin that mental health awareness is becoming so much more important than it used to be. It not only highlights the fact that mental health is real struggle for a lot of people, it also shines light on the fact that there is a whole community of people that are coming together to combat it. According to mentalhealth.org.uk :

Children and young people

  • 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year.
  • 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
  • 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem, yet70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

Women and Men:

  • In England, women are more likely than men to have a common mental health problem and are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders.
  • In 2013, 6,233 suicides were recorded in the UK for people aged 15 and older. Of these, 78% were male and 22% were female.
  • 10% of mothers and 6% of fathers in the UK have mental health problems at any given time.
  • One in five (19.1%) women had CMD symptoms, compared with one in eight men (12.2%).

and according to a report on’Mental health survey of ethnic minorities’ undertaken by the University of Warwick, UK:

Ethnic minorities:

  •  Half (49%) of the respondents had been diagnosed with depression. Major differences exist across the groups with Asians experiencing more depression than Black groups. Rates of depression were highest amongst Indians (61%) followed by Pakistanis/Bangladeshis (55%) than Caribbeans (44%) and Africans (43%).
  • A third (31%) report a diagnosis of anxiety. The pattern of anxiety across the ethnic groups is the same as that of depression. Highest rates were found amongst Indians (44%) followed by Pakistani/Bangladeshis (35%), Caribbeans (26%) and Africans (17%).
  • Schizophrenia is the third most diagnosed mental health disorder with 16% of respondents having the condition. Interestingly, the ethnic differences are reversed with more Black people being diagnosed with schizophrenia than Asians. Amongst Caribbeans the rate is 23%, amongst Africans 19%, amongst Indians 14% and Pakistanis/Bangladeshis have a relatively low level of only 6%.Black respondents with a history of well-documented experience of racism continue to be affected by it. More than a quarter of Caribbean’s (28%) and almost a third of Africans (31%) have experienced racism in the past 12 months.
  • Black respondents with a history of well-documented experience of racism continue to be affected by it. More than a quarter of Caribbeans (28%) and almost a third of Africans (31%) have experienced racism in the past 12 months.

 

Yes that is a lot to take in and may make you start to feel down or angry because you ay be feeling ignorant about the fact that you didn’t even thing about all of this but heres a few tips on how you can help the awareness of mental health spread:

  1. DO IT BIG… start a social justice movement like us.
  2. Find active ways in which you can help raise money for charities that support people who are dealing with mental health problems.
  3. Last but not least simply start a conversation…word of mouth as we know is extremely powerful and it only takes two people to start a conversation.

 

What do I do if someone I or someone I know has a mental health problem? 

This is where it gets a little tricky because talking about mental health whether you are the person experiencing it or the loved one of someone experiencing it can difficult and some of us would rather ignore it than deal with it head on.

Help a friend ..

If you suspect someone is facing difficulties reach out to them, don’t make it into a big thing just start the conversation normally ‘how are you?’ or even ‘You don’t seem yourself, do you need a hug?’. I know it’s tempting when in an uncomfortable situation to try and make it funny but personally I would avoid making comments that turn mental health into something that is comedic. It could make the person become more isolated, it could even make them feel like they are making something out of nothing. What i’m trying to say is be yourself and most importantly be sensitive.

Help yourself…

If you are the person with a mental health issue or you think you could use some help because you suspect you could be facing some mental health issues then first know that you are not alone and there are people out there who are more than happy to help. If you feel you don’t have anyone close to turn to or you have turned to someone close and now you need more help I would recommend going to see a Doctor but if that’s too much for you or you feel as though a Doctor cannot help then I would recommend organisations like:

  1. The Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day – in full confidence :Call 116 123 – it’s FREE Or email jo@samaritans.org.uk
  2.  Rethink advice and information line Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm for practical advice on:
  • different types of therapy and medication
  • benefits, debt, money issues
  • police, courts, prison
  • your rights under the Mental Health Act.

Call Rethink on 0300 5000 927 (calls are charged at your local rate).

3. Mind offer an information line to answer questions about:

  • types of mental health problem
  • where to get help
  • drug and alternative treatments
  • advocacy.

Call the Mind infoline on 0300 123 3393 (UK landline calls are charged at local rates, and charges from mobile phones will vary considerably). Or email info@mind.org.uk.

This applies to Uk residents but there are so much more oranisatitons world wide, so please seek the help you are entitled to. We are not professionals that can help you solve or explore your problems but if you feel as though you need someone to talk to please do not hesitate to drop us an email to: itshermelanin@outlook.com

Thank you so much for your continued and valued support and don’t forget to start a conversation about Mental health awareness today!

peace and love Tisha Jayy xxx