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Mental health issues take many forms and have dramatically different levels of severity.

For some reflection techniques and a reliable support circle is sufficient to get through those difficult days.

For others on going treatment, support and even medication is required.

Whatever the condition and whatever the level of support, it’s important for the individual to be able to make their feelings known and for the appropriate action taken that reflects their outcomes and goals.

We all know our physical health is important. Eating healthily and getting regular exercise are fundamental to a healthy body and overall good health.

Big factors in achieving a healthy life style are education and motivation.

Despite being part of the national curriculum for years, there is a surprisingly wide knowledge gap in terms of what constitutes a healthy diet.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is caused by a neurobehavioral disorder and is the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children. This pattern of challenges, which occurs 4 times more in boys than in girls, can emerge as early as 3 years old with the average age of onset being 7 years old.

There are 3 subtypes of ADHD with the combined type being the most common:

  • Hyperactive-impulsive
  • Inattentive
  • Combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive

Teams are good.

Teams share the load, share responsibilities and support one another towards a common objective. Much like a community.

However whereas a community is made of a random roster of people that changes from one year to the next due to simple act of population migration, a team is put together based on individual skills and abilities and what they can bring to the commonality.

Essentially they are made up of experts. Or at least the good ones are.

With freshers well into their first semester we took a look at alarming reports that mental health issues in student's are sharply on the rise.

University should be a place of learning, excitement, friendships and positive experiences. More needs to be done to prepare individuals for univeristy life, support them whilst they are there and make it more affordable for all. 

The 10th October marks World Mental Health day, marking a week of raising awareness of an issue that affects 1 in 4 people and as indiscriminate in whom it can affect as any biological condition.

Events will be taking place up and down the country in schools, universities and in community centres to help raise awareness of mental health issues to those looking to understand more and to those in need of support but yet to engage.

However, all of this got us thinking about what we could do as individuals to support World Mental Health Day and Mental Health Awareness Week and we kept coming back to the same thing.

According to emergency services there has been a sharp increase in the number of mental health related 999 calls.

The metropolitan police reported receiving a call every 5 minutes which equates to 315 a day. That’s a 33% increase over 3 years and comes with a 60% increase in referrals to the NHS mental health crises team.

The police believe the increase is due to the NHS 111 line and other health services being over stretched and unable to cope with the demand caused by ever diminishing budgets across the organisation.

The United Kingdom has had a tumultuous couple of years what with the referendum, a change in government, an election and all the fallout from the Brexit negotiations.

Regardless of your political affiliation or which side of the Brexit fence you came down on it’s hard not to have seen in the news that hate crime has skyrocketed.

Whether it’s the result of scapegoating, buried prejudices or misdirected frustrations at what seems like an increasingly troubled world, this simply cannot continue.

Hate crime against individuals with learning disabilities is sadly nothing new but only became recognised as a crime in 2003 although hasn’t seriously been enforced since 2007.

There are around 14 million children (under the age of 18) in the UK and of those children, young people – those aged between 14 and 17 - make up around 1.5 million.

One in ten children and young people experience mental health problems. Worse still around 70% (approximately 105,000) of young people who experience mental health issues go untreated or unsupported.

Considering half a million young people are currently unemployed, trying to get into an economy that faces uncertain times, that number is likely to increase over time.

Humans are a funny species.

We have a genetic make-up so sophisticated that it allows for limitless iterations so no two people will ever naturally be genetically identical.

We have a capacity for learning that seems to advance with every subsequent generation.

We have a talent and passion for creativity be it music, the arts or literature.

We have invented incredible technologies and erected awe inspiring buildings.

But despite crossing the oceans, taking to the skies and venturing into outer space, we still can’t seem to shake our fondness for almost arbitrary assumptions and labels.

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