It is vital that everyone has the opportunity to live a meaningful and successful life regardless of obstacles that get in the way; this includes mental health issues.
At some point in our life it will be likely that we or someone we care for will all suffer with some form of mental health issue, 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 children suffer from a mental illness and these are just the figures that are recorded (and suicide is the leading cause of death in young people aged 20-34 and it is considerably higher in males www.mentalhealth.org.uk ).
As communities we need to continue to evolve and grow, so individuals can begin to be understood, accepted and supported which will create a more inclusive and empathetic society.
In this ever changing world, it is important that we nurture new and existing relationships which help support individual growth. Everyone needs to have a purpose, and hope is the key. The aim with our provision is to plant the seeds of hope by providing people with the knowledge, confidence and understanding to support those in crisis or need.
It is imperative that we all develop a meaningful understanding of our own mental health; living healthy behaviours and being aware of and avoiding those less helpful behaviours that impede personal growth. This in turn will make us more resilient and self reflective individuals.
For the future it is essential that as many people as possible are appointed ‘mental health first aiders’ as this will aide mentally healthy and resilient communities (whether that is the workplace or learning environments).