Mental Health is something we all have. It doesn’t discriminate and can affect anyone regardless of demographic. It is important that we look after and understand our mental health in order to live a happy and healthy life.
The Importance of Mental Health Awareness and First Aid
Registered Mental Health Nurse
Raising awareness, reducing stigma, providing first line support and facilitating access to sources of further help and support.
Mental health is something that we all have. Just like physical health, our mental health is changeable and we all have our own individual experiences. It exists on a spectrum. Our psychological and emotional wellbeing just like our physical wellbeing is not fixed and can move up and down this spectrum in varying degrees and at different stages of our lives. Just as no one is immune to experiencing periods of poor physical health, no one is immune to experiencing periods of poor mental health. In tackling stereotypes, stigma and pre conceived ideas of what mental health is (what someone experiencing ill mental health or living with a diagnosed mental health condition is “meant to look like”) it is important to remember that mental health does not discriminate. Anyone can struggle with their emotional and psychological wellbeing regardless of for example gender, age, religion, race, ethnicity.