Everybody has mental health. Just like your physical health, sometimes you’re in great shape and at other times you might feel like you’re not doing so good.
It’s ok to feel vulnerable, imperfect or a bit of a hot mess sometimes. Just know that, if you feel like you aren’t coping or that you’re more often down than up, there are tons of ways to improve how you feel about yourself and the world around you. There are also loads of things you can do to help maintain good mental health.
If you’re reading this and can relate, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re one out of the millions of people who identify as suffering from mental health issues each year - 16 million, to be precise, in the UK alone. So, what you might consider to be ‘abnormal’ is actually very, very normal. What’s more, there are a whole host of people, organisations and other sources that can help should you need a little support.
Did you know?
28% of people will suffer from poor mental health in their lifetime. That’s a monumental 1 in 4 people. Moreover, it's likely that the number is actually much higher but many people just haven’t felt able to admit it.
- In 2013 there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in the UK.
- Around 50% of women with perinatal mental health problems are not identified or treated.
- Young people with learning disabilities are 4.5 x more likely to have a mental health problem than young people without a learning disability.
Now imagine if, on your own quest to improve your mental health, you could also help others along the way? We’re looking for influencers and advocates to help us spread the message that mental health isn’t weird, unusual or taboo by becoming part of our FundaMentals campaign. By working together we can help to remove the shame unjustly associated with mental health and instead promote positivity by instilling the confidence among our peers to discuss these issues without fear or embarrassment. Led by young people for young people, this is a FundaMental movement that can ignite change for you, your friends and younger generations to come.