One in four of us experience a mental health problem – let’s talk about it
Did you know that one in four of us experience a mental health problem each year in England? Yet for many people reaching out can feel awkward and uncomfortable, leading them to suffer in silence. In fact, only half of UK veterans dealing with mental health problems seek support from the NHS.
Everyone’s mental health matters, and if you’re not feeling good on the inside it shouldn’t be ignored. That’s why we need to talk. By opening up about our mental health problems, together we can end the stigma surrounding the subject and help each other to overcome the internal challenges that we face – no matter how big or small.
Time to Talk Day, which takes place in February, is a day dedicated to spreading mental health awareness and encouraging people to talk about their mental wellbeing.
Are you unsure of how you’re feeling?
Mental health problems come in all shapes and forms. Anxiety and depression are the most well-known – but by no means the only – mental health problems that people experience. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), alcohol misuse, anxiety and depression are some of the more common mental health problems that veterans might face, even years after they’ve left service.
Our lifestyle tips can help if you want to know what you can do to stop yourself from feeling blue.
Sometimes it can be difficult to identify exactly what emotions you’re experiencing and if they’re cause for concern. The NHS have developed a self-assessment quiz designed to help you to understand how you’ve been feeling recently, so that you can get the guidance and support you need, if you need it.
Remember – we’re here for you 24/7
Please reach out to us if you’re struggling. Our expert advisors can be contacted 24 hours a day on 0808 802 1212. If you would rather avoid speaking to someone directly you can reach an advisor using our online chat service or explore our range of mental wellbeing self-help guides to find the advice you’re looking for. Don’t just cope with mental health problems – overcome them.