Today is day 10 of Blogtober 2018, and as it is World Mental Health Day, the topic is Just Be Yourself.
Mental Health still has a stigma attached to it, we hear the words mental health used a lot these days, but should it have the stigma attached to it? Simply put no it should not.
What is Mental Health?
Mental health includes
- Our emotions
- psychological well-being
- Social well-being
It affects how we think, feel and act and how we handles stress and relate to others and make choices for ourselves. From childhood all the way up to adulthood.
I am going to talk about this from the parent of a young person. As many of you will know my Daughter has suffered with chronic illness for over 3 years now. Before she became ill she was a happy 11 year old, enjoying all aspects of life from friends, days out, holidays, school. She was one of those children who everyone loved, was always happy.
When she became ill, she became so ill she was bedbound, she could no longer attend school and with that lost touch with her friends. As heartbreaking as it sounds, you can not blame her friends, they were growing up and enjoying getting on with their lives.
This left my daughter alone, ill, and with only us really to talk to and be around.
In the UK, if you are an adolescence and have problems with
- Or any other mental health problem
The only avenue you have is CAHMS, we were referred to our local CAHMS and went along to the appointment not knowing what to expect, but hoping they would be able to help. After the initial introductions, she told us they do not understand chronic illness and have no idea how they can help her. The attitude was awful and I left feeling worse for my Daughter than I have ever done before.
They did arrange another appointment, which C was to go into alone, I will not go into what happened, but she ended up in tears and refusing to go again. Sadly this is not the first account I have heard of this.
My Daughter has depression and also suffers anxiety now, due to the illness, and I have tried everything to get her counselling.
But do you know what, there is nothing as she is a child. How wrong is that, there is just one service which has let not only my child down but many others.
It is about time, children and their mental health was treated the same as an adults.
You can see my previous Blogtober 2018 below
Day 8 – Hearing them read – libraries week
Day 9 – Invitations/letters – ‘World Post Day’