Mental Health professionals to be trialled in primary schools

At last! Mental health professionals to work with primary school children. This has been a long time coming, it’s great to see it finally being trialled. If we educate young people about the basics of mental health at the earliest opportunity, we can not only catch potentially long-term issues early, but also teach them about the importance of mental health and foster a greater understanding of mental health issues in others. This approach has the potential to be ground-breaking. This is only a trial, though, and it hasn’t even started yet. However, a similar programme in secondary schools led to 26 schools in Oxfordshire taking on permanent mental health professionals. Now it’s time for the rest of the English counties to follow suit. Feel free to share your opinion on this, I’d love to hear from you.


Quote of the Week: 31/05/2016

Bit of a long one this week, but well worth a glance:
‘The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.’
– David Foster Wallace

MHAW ’16: Wrapping Up

Thanks for all your support and involvement throughout this week. It’s great to see so many people interested in learning about mental ill health and the people whose lives it can affect. Even though Mental Health Awareness Week is over for another year, please continue supporting this incredibly important issue; one that can affect us all, no matter our history, our lifestyle or our make-up. By opening up about our mental health, we take control. By supporting each other and taking time to learn about these issues, rather than perpetuating tired stereotypes, we take away their power. So please, continue what we’ve started this week and raise your voice for those 1 in 4 of us who will experience mental health issues in the coming year. Thank you, citizens of Mental Health Land x