I’m #FightingFor Young People To Feel Like It's Okay To Talk About Mental Health
We’ve all got a reason to be #FightingFor children and young people’s mental health. Guest blogger Laura shares hers.
Mental health is something that isn’t necessarily talked about at a young age.
The phrase is thrown about here and there, but for a young person it can be difficult to understand. When I first started feeling down, I had no idea what was happening to me – was I ill? Did I need to go to the doctor? The emotions that I felt at this time began to consume me. What didn’t help was the worry flooding my brain at the thought of discussing these issues.
Reaching out for help
When I finally decided to talk about my mental health a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. Don’t get me wrong, making the initial decision to talk was daunting, but I found it was the only way to improve how I felt. One day I just thought to myself, I cannot continue to feel confused about my own mind. I needed to take control.
The first step that I took was speaking to a family member, they really empathised with me and pointed me in the right direction to seek professional help. Throughout this time in my life I cried an awful lot, but this needed to happen because experiencing sadness is something we all go through – nobody is alone and feeling this way will only make us appreciate happiness when it comes and trust me, it will come. I then had an appointment with my GP. Spilling all my thoughts to them helped a great deal. They didn’t judge me, but listened and gave me some great advice to improve my thoughts.
Onwards and upwards
After taking the advice that my GP gave me, I consistently worked on my mental health each day and today I still use the techniques that I learnt. To name a few, meditation and websites like YoungMinds aided my progression during this time. I found that the key is to remember that everybody has their own mental battles and if you talk about your issues then you are fighting for yourself – that is the bravest thing anyone can do. You should never feel embarrassed about seeking help for your mental health. People go to the gym to help their body so why don’t more people actively do something to help build their mind and make it strong? Take the first step and keep on fighting.
Where to get help
If you're worried about your mental health, talk to someone you trust like a family member, friend, teacher or GP.
If you need further information of organisations you could talk to, visit our Need to Talk page with a list of websites and helplines.
What are you #FightingFor?
Now in our 25th year, we are #FightingFor children and young people's mental health. We are leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported through life, whatever the challenges.
Join our fight. Check out what we are doing for our 25th anniversary, and tell us who, or what you are #FightingFor.
We all have a reason to be #FightingFor children and young people's mental health. What's yours?