Mental Health is a topic very close to my heart. Working for Sing & Inspire, I am surrounded with hugely talented, creative people who maybe wouldn’t fit in a traditional office environment. With one of our values being health and wellbeing, we must ensure that as a team we are looking after ourselves and each other. For me, mental health is still far too a taboo subject. For this reason, suffering from it can be one of the loneliest experiences imaginable. If your head is poorly how can you function?
If you are one of the few people to have never suffered from a mental illness then you are hugely lucky! In fact, 1 in 4 people will suffer from some form of mental illness every year.
I have heard different types of mental illness described in different ways and the best one for me is this:
Imagine your leg is broken so you can’t move it the same way. Everything takes more effort and time, and things are feeling very different. You are used to feeling fine and confident but now you feel unsteady and vulnerable.
Now imagine that instead of having a cast and crutches - which not only protects and supports you but also indicates to people that you are in need of extra space, time and sympathy - you just have your normal looking leg. So no one understands that you are in pain, or in need of space, or desperate for additional help and support. All they can see is a healthy, able person who is less effective than usual.
In this scenario and in lots of scenarios, mental illness is invisible, but the signs are there. Remember, ‘no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted’ - Aesop, The Lion and the Mouse
Written by Philippa Thomas - Relationship Manifestor & Creator of Joy at Sing & Inspire