World Mental Health Day

In a month where two of our nation's largest supermarkets decided to stock "mental patient" costumes for Halloween and a well known newspaper felt this headline was appropriate for its front page, today's World Mental Health Day couldn't feel more necessary.

It's a perfect time to ask ourselves what we're saying about mental health ..and, perhaps, to educate ourselves to speak more positively and equip ourselves to talk more openly too.

And if you're in Scotland, it might also be a good time to check out what's happening in your area for this year's Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival!

What are you saying about mental health?

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  1. Hi Laura - sorry I am very behind in reading blogs! I was absolutely appalled by that news story about the costumes. They wouldn't sell bald wigs for people to dress up as cancer patients, would they? I will say that I perceive people's attitudes about mental illness changing, in many cases. I have recently found my assumptions being pleasantly challenged by how understanding and informed others have been regarding the many different aspects of mental health and illness.

    The hardest thing for me to witness lately is an elderly friend who believed she was sinning because she was suffering from depression. Life is hard enough without these self-punishing ideas! I'm happy to say she is much better now.

  2. Hi, Laura! Thank you for giving me this opportunity! I am a nurse and I write for nursing essay writing services as well and I honestly face a lot of mentally disturbed and ill people (and yes there is a difference in these two terms). To me before doing anything, mental health is the foremost priority. And everyone should think the same as well. Your mind has the potential to keep you happy, excited, joyful, and productive so we got to take care of our mental health as well.