Mental Health Awareness Week

This has been Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK and the media have highlighted mental health. The general public has greater awareness of the prevalence of mental health issues and invariably there’s a focus on the response of the NHS to the various forms of mental illness. All of this is vitally important and in reality these issues are seldom far from the news.

What I find equally important is that the whole issue of mental health, in it’s various forms, is being progressively destigmatised. A person is no longer looked down on for suffering with depression, or anxiety or self destructive tendencies. There’s now an acceptance that good mental health is important on a personal level, but it’s also good for society as a whole.