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Today is World Mental Health Day (Part of Mental Health Awareness Week)

1 in 4 people in the UK (around 1 in 5 people in USA, Australia and other places)  suffer from a mental health condition. Mental Health and those who suffer with it, are incredibly common. Its not like a rare condition that you barely hear about, mental health could affect anyone. If you gather 10 of your friends together, 2 of them are probably suffering with a mental health issue. 

The more common mental health issues being PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD, etc.

The less common mental health issues being schizophrenia, bi-polar etc. 

People suffer with these conditions almost every day, some suffering in silence, some being able to lead their lives without drawing attention to something they suffer with. And that's just it, mental health issues are illnesses. 

And yet the only time people tend to hear about mental health is in a negative light in the media they consume, particularly news outlets. Mental health issues sometimes attract bullying, abuse and discrimination. Which makes those are suffering less likely to come forward to ask for help for fear of the response they will get. They fear losing family, friends, jobs, everything around them that contributes to them leading the lives they want to.

This is why mental health shouldn't be a taboo subject, its shouldn't come with the added baggage of discrimination on top. People should be free to talk about, people shouldn't be afraid to ask for help. 

I work for the ambulance service answering calls, and I can tell you that listening to phones calls from those suffering from mental health, who have called in once they see no way out, once they have reached the bottom of the well so to speak, those are the toughest calls I have to deal with. Because I'm listening to someone who feels like they have no hope, and I want to do everything I can to lead them away from whatever edge (physical and metaphorical) they are standing on. And sometimes I go home thinking that I haven't done enough for them and I feel like I could have done more, and I fell mentally and physically drained.

What I want to tell everyone here is that please please please talk when you need to. Don't leave it to the last minute. Don't leave it right until you are standing on that ledge. Speak to your friends, speak to your family, let them listen to your because sometimes all it takes is someone to listen to you to lift that burden. Don't be afraid to, don't be afraid of some perceived notion of how mental health is perceived on the media. The ones who love you will always be there to hold your hand and help you in the way you want to be helped. 

Speak out! Make that first step, and please don't leave it until its too late. 

Don't become a statistic. Live your life to the full in the best way possible for  you....