Mental Health / The Negative Stigma & How it Affects Everyone (feat. Oli Regan)

Let’s face it. We’ve all seen for ourselves the negative stigma that has become attached to Mental Health. The negative stigma has all too often put a strain on all governments and organisations, with Mental Health sufferers having to experience the harsh reality that they may end up not being allowed to access the help, support and treatment they need.

What is Mental Health?

Mental Health is where a person may possibly have a condition that affects their psychological and well-being in the emotional sense.

For instance, there are so many recognised Mental Health conditions that affect more or less everyone, in this case, this can be Anxiety, Depression, Post-Natal Depression, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and even Bipolar.

There are so many recognised Mental Health conditions around that with the correct help, support and treatment available, can help anyone suffering from Mental Health to control the type of Mental Health condition they suffer from.

Is Mental Health Often Ignored?

In the real world, Mental Health is often ignored, which is why the stigma attached to Mental Health all too often creates a negative spiral that sees governments and organisations making little to no effort to provide funding for help, support, treatment and even medical supplies for those who need it the most.

The Mental Health Foundation highlighted that each year, more than 6,000 suicides occur in the UK & Ireland as a result of a lack of funding for Mental Health, with more than 55,000 suicides occurring in the European Union.

The suicide rate for Mental Health sufferers is dangerously high, because again, there is a lack of funding which means that Mental Health sufferers aren’t being provided the help, support and treatment that they need, which ultimately puts any Mental Health sufferer at risk of committing suicide.

Is Social Media Responsible for Creating Problems in Mental Health Sufferers?

The harsh reality is that social media is responsible for creating problems in Mental Health sufferers, because not a day goes by where I am on Facebook & Twitter where I don’t see a positive comment being made about someone who suffers from Mental Health.

I am disgusted by the large number of those on social media who feel it’s okay to make those suffering from Mental Health feel insecure about their appearance, how they act towards others, including what they look like.

Social media is connected to the negative stigma in the personal sense, because when it is not used properly, anyone can make abusive comments about others and that can effectively have a negative impact on the person suffering from that specific Mental Health condition.

Oli Regan’s Experiences With Mental Health

Oli Regan, who is an aspiring actor and ambassador for Time to Change, was just one of many Mental Health sufferers who had struggled to open up about his feelings of loneliness and isolation, both of which he experienced for so many years, which was brought on by bipolar and anxiety, which led him to contemplate suicide, and in some circumstances, he attempted to commit suicide.

Of course, Oli’s experiences with Mental Health affected his wellbeing, and he mentioned in an article he did with TheLADBible as part of the UOKM8? Campaign that: “I just felt weak. Like I wasn’t a real man, I felt like I was missing something. I felt lonely. Completely isolated.

Oli’s experiences with Mental Health enabled him to raise awareness and to give all those who suffer from Mental Health their voice and to make sure that if you’re a Mental Health sufferer, then it’s good to open up and talk about your experiences with Mental Health and how they affect you.

My Experiences With Anxiety

For me, and this is personal to my wellbeing, although I haven’t officially been diagnosed with having a Mental Health condition, I am not ashamed to admit I suffer from Anxiety.

Of course, I often feared that if I opened up to everyone about how I really feel that I would be targeted just for being the man I am in speaking up about how I really feel.

At school, if I cried, I was bullied and all too often, if I spoke to someone in confidence about how I was really feeling, I would be targeted just for being honest and open about how I really felt emotionally.

I often tend to bottle my emotions up but it’s only recently that I did suffer from some anxiety attacks that were brought on by personal problems and heartbreak which caused me to have a panic attack and also break down in tears.

Since that first panic attack and since I broke down in tears during those anxiety attacks, I have been able to open up to everyone and I feel a lot more confident talking to someone about how I really feel, and it gives me peace of mind knowing I can turn to a counsellor and everyone else for support. I am a lot stronger now than I was before and a lot more confident as well as I can speak up a lot more and not be afraid to speak my mind and say how I really feel.

This is the first time ever that I have actually admitted to all of you I suffer from Anxiety and this took a lot of guts for me to open up on my own experiences with Anxiety in general.

Conclusion

I personally feel that the negative stigma attached to Mental Health needs to disappear permanently and that Mental Health should never be ignored.

Governments and organisations should make all the effort possible to put their funding into help, support and treatment for any Mental Health sufferers and to make sure that every Mental Health sufferer gets the help, support and treatment that they need.

One more thing, it’s about time we all open up and say to everyone exactly how we feel, and in a society and any society that tells you to ‘man up’, all societies need to get a grip and realise that Mental Health doesn’t just exist for a reason, but that it exists because we are all born differently and never the same.

If you are a Mental Health Sufferer and you have just one or many of the recognised Mental Health conditions as well as the Mental Health Conditions mentioned here, then please feel free to comment below. I would love to hear your response.

Alex Smithson

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Topic: Does Each Photograph Capture a Memory or Emotion?

Photographs. They can capture all kinds of happy memories, including all kinds of emotions, but they can be the photographs that are permanently attached in our minds, but most importantly, in our hearts. Each photograph tells a story, and also has a memory or emotion behind it that somehow can still make you have goosebumps, for instance, when you’re older and you look back on a photograph you took about 5-10 years ago, that photograph becomes a part of you and never leaves you, even when you feel it may have done.

To spread and encourage positivity in this topic, I will talk about whether each photograph captures a memory or emotion, and I’ll be making sure to give my views on why I believe that a photograph does capture either one of them or both.

Does Each Photograph You Take Capture a Memory?

To me, each photograph that I take captures a memory, and a happy memory too. Why? Because each photograph I take tells a story, and is also a memory because I can remember the day I took it, whether there has been good or bad weather, I see each photograph as a happy memory, as each photograph I take feels like a happy achievement at that stage or point in my life.

Each photograph I take, whether it is a photograph of something that is landscape-based, or even if it is a photo I’ve taken with my friends, I see those photographs as happy memories, as they count as memories that will not only live with me forever, but will also be the footprints that have been left on my heart.

Also, every photograph that I take, it doesn’t matter what kind of photograph it is, is a permanent memory that will stay with me for the rest of my life, as I can look back and know how many happy moments I have had along the way.

Does Each Photograph You Take Capture an Emotion?

Each photograph I take captures a different kind of emotion, but the kind of emotion that I can connect with. For example, if I took a photo with a close friend of mine who went to my school or college, and those years passed, looking back would make me miss that close friend of mine, as that photo has a connection behind it, which makes me feel a bit teary, but happy at the same time, because I know I have got that photo to prove the happiness I would share with a close friend of mine, even with all of my friends as well.

Each photograph carries its own emotion, especially where the photos I’ve taken or the photos that I’ve asked my friends, or even anyone else to take for me that I couldn’t take properly are concerned, as each photo, whether I’ve taken it or not, carries a bundled connection of emotions, including any happy emotions that I can reminisce in at any time in my life, no matter whether I’m younger or older than them. To me, each and every photo memory makes me smile, as I can prove that I’ve been through a lot of happy times with everyone, and had a lot of happy experiences along the way too.

For every photo I take, or for every photo I ask someone to take for me, every photo, to me, is an everlasting and happy memory that will last a lifetime, as a photograph is like an album, you take the photo or get someone to take that photo for you, and then you add it to the photo album, so that as you get older, those photos can be handed down to the younger generations, so that they can see how much of a good life you had, and that it can influence them to have a happy life as well.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I feel that a photograph, whether you are the one that took it, or whether you asked someone else to take that photo for you, captures both memories and emotions. I also believe that if a photograph can carry both memories and emotions, then those photos are worth keeping, as they will be something you can reminisce and look back on as you grow older. To me, every photograph is a happy memory, and a happy memory that’s full of mixed happy emotions is the key to a wonderful life.

If you feel that a photograph captures not just memories but also emotions that have made you have a happy and wonderful life, then please feel free to comment below. After all, a photograph that contains happy memories and mixed happy emotions can tell more than a thousand words, so your feedback is absolutely appreciated :-).

A quote from me to put a spring of happiness in your step :-).

“PROMOTE HAPPINESS. PROMOTE JOY. BUT MOST OF ALL, PROMOTE LOVE AND HAPPY MEMORIES, AND VALUE THEM FOR YOUR LIFETIME, BECAUSE THOSE HAPPY MEMORIES ONLY OCCUR ONCE, SO REMINISCE THEM NOW AND MAKE THEM SOMETHING THAT’S GOOD, SOMETHING THAT IS WORTH LOOKING BACK ON, AND YOU’LL FIND THAT THOSE HAPPY MEMORIES AND EMOTIONS YOU HAVE WILL ALWAYS BE WORTH IT.

ENJOY LIFE NOW, REMINISCE THOSE MOMENTS, BUT MOST OF ALL, EMBRACE THEM, AS THOSE MOMENTS ARE THE KEY TO A WONDERFUL LIFE.” – ALEX SMITHSON

Alex Smithson