'I believe that mental health is equally important as physical health for optimum overall well-being, and to be honest our mental health affects every aspect of our life.
I have struggled with my own mental health for long periods of my life, and through being my husband’s Carer for almost 15 years I have come to realise that we can conquer more things with someone on our side.
The long lockdown periods of the pandemic have highlighted just how important it is to stay socially connected and I anticipate that we will feel the effects of this for quite a while. Don’t feel afraid to have a chat – always open to talk, with no judgement whatsoever. '
'Mental health is important because it affects the way we think, feel and act as we cope with life. The way we handle our everyday choices, how we relate with others and ability to handle stress all depend on it.
If you're struggling mentally or not feeling you're in the right place, I'll be available to listen and do what I can to help point you in the right direction and get the appropriate support.'
'I have lived with mental health most of my life and have learned to treat it the same as you would if you are physically unwell. When I am asked "what is wrong with you" during periods of anxiety or depression, I often say "my brain is sick".
I am very lucky and have an amazing GP. Once I got the balls to speak to him, he listened attentively and immediately pointed me in the right direction. His assistance in finding a psychologist for me and prescribing me medication was second to none.
I am forever thankful that I reached out for help. I have always been open and honest about my mental health. I think this makes me approachable and, along with my natural empathy, a natural fit for this role. No one with mental health issues should be struggling in silence and we can all reduce the stigma surrounding this issue. '
'It can be very difficult at first to speak up – sadly there is discrimination and stigma associated with mental health, people are ashamed to discuss mental health with family, friends, teachers or work colleagues.
Personally, I have navigated a path through my own mental health challenges. Several years ago I had a compulsive addiction which was taking over many areas of my life while changing my personality, and becoming a person who could no longer enjoy the simple pleasures and opportunities that life had in front of me.
It is fantastic to have a great selection of the members above, and we are all available to listen without judgement, and with the knowledge we have to assist with seeking the support and help required in a private and confidential manner.
Please know that you are NEVER alone – our minds are so complex and powerful and as some of you will know while out there running - our internal voice can motivate and encourage us to push through and achieve dreams and goals we may have never thought were possible. '
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