I want to briefly talk about female mental health. Mental illness affects women just as much as men. Often, women brush aside any symptoms of mental ill health as they do not have time to dwell on it. They may have children to look after, maybe holding down a job as well as running a household.
Having these responsibilities can take its toll on a woman and even more so if mental illness runs in her family.
“Some people prefer to brush any issues under the carpet rather than address the problem.”
Nowadays, young girls are under a lot of pressure growing up in the age of social media. Girls may feel the pressure to conform to a certain image portrayed in the media. This is causing an increase in mental illness in the younger generation.
Some women may be scared to ask for help for fear of losing their children or being judged by their own family and society in general. They might not know where they can go for help.
Fear of social stigma may put them off from approaching medical professionals. Majority of the time, nobody wants to admit they are mentally unwell.
Some people prefer to brush any issues under the carpet rather than address the problem. Particularly if the woman is living with in-laws or extended families.
Addressing the issues affecting the woman and what can be done to improve her mental health via lifestyle improvements or medical intervention is better than living with it and hoping it will go away.
Not dealing with the problem may have an adverse effect on a woman’s health, marriage, relationships with others and on her children.
Being mentally ill is not being sub-human. It is part and parcel of being human. It is accepting that we are all different and have different challenges to deal with in life.
It takes so many people to help a person regain their mental health, from supportive family members to understanding health professionals and of course reliable friends.
Whatever you are feeling in your life right now that may be troubling you, reach out to someone you trust and can talk to.
Make the decision to feel better about yourself, you might not need drastic measures to improve your mental wellbeing. If you feel good on the inside it will show on the outside and what is more important than your own sanity?
If you feel you need help then you can ring your GP for an appointment to discuss your situation.
If you feel you cannot wait, you can contact NHS 111 for advice and they will put you in touch with professionals from the mental health team. If you feel you are in imminent danger then you should go straight to A & E.
If you are 19 years or younger then you can also call ChildLine on 0800 1111. This number will not appear on your phone bill.
If you just want to talk to someone anonymously, then contact the Samaritans on 116 123. Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk about what you are experiencing without judgement.