Let’s talk about mental health

30th March 2019

Mental Health problems affect 1 in 4 of us, which is why we wanted to write a blog to encourage you to talk about mental health with others, as well as expand your knowledge about this topic. 

Facts about mental health:

. In the UK 16 million people are dealing with a mental illness. These mental health illnesses include anxiety, depression, panic attacks, loneliness, obsessive-compulsive disorder and more.
. 75% of young people are not receiving treatment for their mental health problems.
. Over half of young people link mental illness with alienation and isolation and 55% believe they would lose friends because of their mental health illness.
. Only 6% of UK health research spending goes towards mental health, even though mental health disorders affect 1 in 4 of the population.

Social Media 

Social Media is a great way to connect with people from all over the world and become a part of a community. A massive 91% of 16-24 year olds in the UK use social media on a regular bases. However, social media can be very damaging to your mental health, over the last 25 years there has been a 70% increase for young people who deal with anxiety and depression.  

Even though there are many benefits to using social media, it is important to take a break from it. Having frequent breaks can boost your psychological well-being, allowing you to be more productive. It may be hard to snap out of the habit of going online to kill some time or needing an emotional lift, but stepping away from the internet can be very beneficial.  
 

Rethink Mental Illness

A fantastic organisation that supports and talks about mental health is Rethink Mental Illness. This organisation aims to change the lives of those who are dealing with a mental illness by challenging attitudes and fixed policy that is perceived with this topic. Rethink Mental Illness have over 200 mental health services and 150 support groups across England, which helps support 60,000 people dealing with a mental health problem. If you would like advice or further information about Rethink Mental Illness, click here
Student Counselling

At NKC we offer student counselling as we understand that education isn’t always straight forward. Our counselling service is available for anyone who feels that something in their personal life or at college is having an impact on their quality of life or education.
To book an appointment click here or ask a member of staff. 

We hope that this blog has given you a better insight into mental health and makes you feel more comfortable to talk to others about this subject.  

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