Nothing Scary // Campaign

For Halloween we decided to launch a campaign to remind people that there is nothing scary about talking about mental health. We asked our friends, family and wider community to share their experiences and the benefits they’ve felt from speaking out. We published them alongside mental health facts and figures that drive home the importance of speaking out. Here is what we found:

 

Opening up about mental health can feel scary, but you can make it less scary by just listening – without judgment, without defining the experience. Just listening and being there for them.

  • Tasnia

 

One in fifteen adults in England are estimated to have made a suicide attempt at some point in their life.

  • Mental Health Foundation 2016

 

Realising that I don’t have to cope alone, that I can ask for help and that people will support me was life changing.

  • Izzy

 

Being honest about mental health has made me feel empowered and allowed me to form more genuine connections with people.

  • Hebe

 

Not only Red Bull gives you wings. Talking about how you feel and feeling supported can make you feel lighter,

  • Yashvi

 

White British people are more likely to receive mental health treatment (13.3%) compared to BAME groups (7%). The lowest percentage of people receiving treatment were those from black ethnic minority groups (6.2%). We need to end inequality in treatment.

  • Mental Health Foundation 2016

 

Talk. Whether it’s to your friends, family, colleague, at Tea & Talk, councillor, GP or to your pet.. The best thing is to talk.

If you are on the other end, listen, listen, listen! There’s a big difference to those just hearing, rather than listening,

  • Hussain

 

Around one person in four aged 16-74 with symptoms of a common mental health problem was receiving some kind of mental health treatment in 2000 (23.1%). By 2014, this has increased to more than one in three (37.3%).

  • Mental Health Foundation 2016

 

Everybody’s mental health matters, including yours. Don’t be afraid to speak up.

  • Rachel

 

You are not alone, and the only way to truly understand that is to talk.

  • Sameen

 

It’s hard and embarrassing at times to share or admit that we need help, but sometimes we have to be brave and lose face to get to a place of wellness.

There is less shame when you know others experience the same.

  • Rowland

 

We must close the gender gap in mental health treatment. According to 2014 statistics, women are more likely than men to receive treatment for all mental health conditions, with 15% of women receiving treatment compared to 9% of men. Men need to be able to ask for help too.

  • Mental Health Foundation 2016

 

I’ve been surprised by how much sharing my mental health problems has brought me closer to people, not pushed them away.

  • Alex

 

Isolation is the single worst thing for mental health. If you’re afraid of a monster in your cupboard, why would you lock yourself in there with it?

  • Matt

 

If you need some mental health support, but aren’t sure where to start, check out our handy support page that we have put together. It is filled with different options and resources available for you to use.

To invent your own life's meaning is not easy, but it's still allowed, and I think you'll be happier for the trouble. (2).png


If you want to contribute something to the ThinkMental website, get in touch with us and we will try to make it happen!

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