October is Mental Health Month!
I’m sure you could remember the last time you went to the Doctors about an ache or pain, but when did you last speak to someone about your mental health?
It can seem like a tricky conversation to have, but it should be as normal as talking about a physical health condition that people can see and recognise.
There is an extremely informative video online called “I had a black dog, his name was depression.” It highlights the feelings that people go through when they feel depressed and how common it is to have those feelings.
You don’t need to ‘admit’ to anyone that you feel depressed, but it is really important to recognise when you may feel down, sad, alone or not yourself. You can then make positive changes to help pick yourself back up again. Not knowing who to talk to can be your first hurdle, but know that everyone is happy to listen and taking that first step to say ‘I am not feeling 100% today’ will take the weight off your shoulders.
“My biggest fear was being found out; I worried that people would judge me. Because of the shame and stigma of the black dog, I was constantly worried I would be found out and keeping up an emotional lie is exhausting.” - I had a black dog, his name was depression.
Your CAREGiver will always have the time to listen, but if you want to speak to someone when your CAREGiver isn’t with you, there are a few telephone numbers below you can call:
MIND - 9am-6pm Monday to Friday - 0300 123 3393
Samaritans - free 24-hour helpline -116 123
All of our CAREGivers have free 24/7 access to https://www.lifeandprogress.co.uk/carefirst/ 0800 083 3375 where there will always be someone to listen.
Top tip: Listening to music is a great way to lift your spirits and focus on the positives in life.
“Losing your life is not the worst thing that can happen. The worst thing is to lose your reason for living.” - Jo Nesbo
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