Ask anyone with a mental illness or someone who works in the mental health field which is the worst time of the year and they will all tell you the Christmas/New Year period. Admissions to hospital increase, completed suicides and suicide attempts all increase during this period too.
Last week I read this post about justification. It really struck a cord with me and rather than leave the poor woman with a giant novel of a comment I decided to nut my thoughts out here. To give a little background on the post, she noticed that people are finding they have to justify their decisions on social media.
Welcome to The Lounge! This week the theme is Food and I have a guest post from Kylie Ofiu about how she uses diet and exercise to manage her mental health.
Before I start, I want to be clear that I don’t think diet and exercise should replace medication or professional help completely. They do have a significant effect on your mental health, but since conditions vary greatly, it is always best to use medication if needed and continue to get professional help.
One of the things that I have noticed about the gap between awareness and treatment is that a lot of people don’t know how to access that treatment. I’ve been dealing with the system for 12 years and I am still figuring things out! These tips are for Australia, however if you speak to your GP you may be able to find out what is available in your area.
I have written about the different myths there are about mental illness, self harm and borderline personality disorder. One of the things about mental illness which still receives a lot of stigma is the ways that it is treated. People often joke about different treatments, but mental illness is no joke.