Mind Your Own Mind on Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted May 10, 2017

More than half of the van drivers with poor mental health said that increased time pressures (52%) and increased workload (50%) are factors affecting their mental health, with one in three believing that job uncertainty is contributing to their poor mental health and 17% of delivery drivers adding that road congestion is impacting on their state of mind.

They are also calling for a Royal Commission to investigate the solutions to prevent mental ill health, with a focus on reducing risk, along with a report on the nation's mental health every year. Over the next few years, local leaders planned and worked diligently to file Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary State on May 18, 1965, and a year later on April 6, 1966, the Scioto Paint Valley Guidance Center opened its doors for business.

It is a fallacy to think that paying attention to mental health can or should be limited to one month on the calendar. Everyone knows a little bit about mental health issues.

Mind Your Own Mind on Mental Health Awareness Month
Mind Your Own Mind on Mental Health Awareness Month

"While it is not the role of schools to replace the specialist support that mental health services provide, they can and should play a crucial role in developing the skills young people need to cope and flourish in today's world". That review is under way and is nearly certain to report later in the year that, given the increasing number of young people with mental health issues, CAMHS is under-resourced for the job it was established to carry out. We need to treat them with kindness and dignity. When we learn the facts we can help others to dispel false ideas about mental health conditions.

Theresa May has promised to scrap the Mental Health Act and introduce a new act created to reduce the number of people being detained. In these places, there is recognition that appointments need to be made quickly; that parents, who may suffer from mental health issues themselves, need to be involved; that schools need to be kept in the loop as diagnosis and treatment progress; and that a single key professional works with the child and observes him or her in all settings.

"A big issue is there's lots of community groups working hard with volunteers, and there's health services but there seems to be a gap", he said. Prevention, early identification and intervention, and integrated services work. As with many aspects of health care, waiting for minor mental health problems to manifest themselves as serious maladies is costly to patients and to the health system as a whole. Finally, what outward signs there are of poor mental health often involve an individual withdrawing from their peers, rather than actively seeking them out, occasionally also becoming irritable and/or morose or over-friendly. Many people are quick to shun or to blame those who afflicted, rather than recognizing the need for compassion.