Yes you read that correct, little old me was on national TV today whoop! I was invited on BBC breakfast news to discuss mental health and counselling, with the recent admissions from Prince Harry that he sought counselling to help him with Princess Diana’s death. They wanted a ‘normal’ person, who had experienced counselling. Yes you read that correct I was the normal person!!
One of the most important things to remember in regards to mental health is too not be ashamed of it. Seeking support for your mental health is not something anyone should be ashamed of. If you broke your leg and went to the doctors about it, you wouldn’t think twice about seeking help because you are in pain. However when it comes to mental pain it’s a whole other ballgame. Its estimated that 1 in 4 people will experience mental health difficulties at some point in there life and a further 1 in 3 adults will at some point in there life take anti depressant medication. With these statistics why is it something people are still ashamed to discuss? Why do we as a society still have such a stiff upper lip about mental health? Sadly I do not have the answer. However the more people in the public eye; such as Prince Harry, Lady Gaga, Catherine Zeta Jones, Carrie Fisher etc hopefully the stigma will be broken forever and nobody will feel ashamed to say they are currently receiving counselling or they have in the past. The fact that the future heir to the throne Prince William and his wife Kate are fronting the mental health campaign heads together shows that hopefully we are moving in the right direction.
If you experience a mental health difficulty at some point in your life or sometimes maybe even more than once, please never be ashamed and think that there is something wrong with you, because there is nothing wrong with you. Mental health can affect anyone; it does not discriminate against your age, background, and race. The only ‘criteria’ so to speak is that you are human. Each and every one of us is human and therefore we are vulnerable to experience mental health issues in our lifetime. The most important thing to remember is that there is nothing wrong with you for how you are feeling, you might think that you should not be feeling this way, but we can’t help it, and there is most definitely not anything wrong with you for feeling this way. Never be ashamed to speak out, and say that you are struggling. It takes a strong person to admit there struggling and even stronger person to say that they need help. We have got this my friends, just hold on and keep fighting, it’ll be worth it, I promise.