The word abuse has a lot of connotations attached to it and the vast majority, thanks to an uncaring media, are all sexual in nature.
The truth is that abuse can cover a host of behaviours and whilst many would argue there are dozens of different types, they all fall into ten distinct classifications.
Mental health issues can hit anyone at any time regardless of their race, religion, sexuality, education, employment or social status. It is as indisriminant as any illness you care to name and it effects millions of people the UK every single year.
But what is the impact of mental health, especially issues that are either left untreated or are treated once the challenges have become severe? Check out our latest infographic to find out.
If you’ve had depression at some point in your life you’ll know full well that there are bad days.
Actually ‘bad day’ is a bit of an understatement but it’s a useful catch-all term to communicate to others that you’re struggling without going into detail.
Those are the days when you feel like you’re alone in an ocean and at any moment the current is going to pull you under.
Those days are bad days.
Learning disabilities bring with them a great many challenges.
Some a physical, some are developmental.
Whatever the individual faces, they have to adapt and cope as best they can to a world inherently ill-suited to them. This can lead to feelings of low worth, isolation and marginalisation.
Fortunately help is available in the form of products and services that empower the individual to lead a fulfilling life.
However, where things get really challenging is communication.
Cerebral Palsy is arguable one of the most widely known physical conditions in the world. Although an umbrella term that covers a variety of conditions, roughly one in four hundred people are born with the condition,
The condition can be caused prenatal, but trauma during birth, lack of oxygen to the brain and meningitis can all cause the condition to develop.
The condition is also more common in high risk pregnancies, pregnancies with multiple births and in babies with low birth weights (or very premature).
Coping with depression, anxiety or any other mental health issue is hard.
Harder still is recognising you’re experiencing that issue and being brave enough to do something about it.
This cannot be understated.
Admitting to yourself and to those closest to you that you’re experiencing some difficulties is no small thing and should be commended.
Once you’ve given voice to these challenges you then need to decide what happens next.
In some cases the challenges are simply too severe for you to decide on your own, and that’s fine. Your family, medical and mental health services are all there to support you in making the right decisions for your care.
Assuming that isn’t the case, you are presented with a few choices.
Whilst it may sound like something out of a Marvel comic book, Fragile X syndrome is a challenge that manifests in children. It impacts on language, emotion, behaviour and attention making social interactions extremely challenging.
It’s also the most common inherited learning disability in the world and there’s a very good chance you’ve never heard of it.
Fragile X Syndrome is caused by the lengthening of the FMR1 gene on the X chromosome which stops production of a key protein in brain development. The more this mutation repeats the greater the chance of a child being born with the condition.
For most their experience of eating disorders is limited to what they see on weekday soap operas which does nothing to communicate not just the complexities of living with an eating disorder or the range of disorders individuals struggle with.
In reality there are over 725,000 people in the UK with eating disorders.
You know someone who has or has had mental health issues. Guaranteed.
It could be a work colleague, a friend or a family member.
You may not have realised it. In some cases they might not realise it. But you will have a close relationship with someone with a history of mental health issues.
With 14 million adults a year experiencing some form of mental health condition it is hardly news and not uncommon so why do we keep it a secret?
Asperger’s Syndrome is one of the most widely known about disabilities but one of the most commonly misunderstood.
Usually the person in the office who can be a little OCD or who doesn’t get the work ‘banter’ is branded as ‘on the scale’. Which is usually thoroughly unhelpful not only for the individual (especially if they do have some challenges) but because it furthers a wildly inaccurate stereotype.
Roughly 1 in 200 people have Asperger’s syndrome, which is roughly 350,000 people in the UK alone. So there’s a strong chance you know someone with Asperger’s Syndrome even if they don’t have a diagnosis.