We British are terribly fond of euphemisms.

We go out of our way to come up with ways of saying what we mean without saying what we mean. It’s a skill few other nations can match.

However, the language of Shakespeare occasionally gets it dead on.

Challenging behaviour, as a term, is incredibly broad and covers a great many things that prove difficult to an individual be they a parent, carer, teacher, sibling or anyone else in a carer role.

Learning disabilities, as a term, is something of a velvet curtain that hides the hugely complex nature of what having a learning disability actually means.

It also conceals the different kinds of learning disabilities and what the different challenges the condition represents to the individual.

Williams -Beuren Syndrome is one such diagnosis.

One in four adults in the UK experience mental health problems each year.

That’s approximately 14million people, every year, struggling with a diagnosable mental health issue.

Admittedly the term mental health issue is very much catch-all and covers those experiencing anxiety attacks all the way through to enduring and complex mental health conditions who require ongoing support or treatment.

Of these 14million adults, 10.8million of them are of an employable age. With 5.5 million businesses in the UK with multiple employees, that’s roughly 2 employees per business with mental health issues.

One of the great constants, despite what you read in the media is love.

We’re remarkably good at it.

Whether it’s building communities, supporting friends and neighbours or people running towards the danger when things go wrong, we are driven by an unceasing well of love and compassion for one another.

If you suffer from anxiety you’ll know that an attack can come at any time for seemingly no reason at all.

Triggers vary from person to person and the severity of the attack can be just as hard to pin down.

It also gets worse with stress.

It’s exhausting.

From the moment our children enter the world they become (more or less) our top priority.

Even when they’re fully grown and have children of their own, most parents never truly stop worrying about them.

That worry only gets worse when we see our children struggling with low mood or anxiety.

The challenge for parents is that, as time goes on, we know less and less about our children. They naturally become more independent and begin to keep secrets. It’s not malicious; it’s just part of growing up.

Learning disabilities take on many forms with varying degrees of severity.

They present differing challenges to those who experience them and therefore need varying levels of support.

When identified correctly, an individual is able to live their lives the way they choose when provided the right support.

All too often there have been instances of individuals living their entire lives believing themselves to be ‘stupid’ or ‘slow’ only to find that they had a learning disability.

Many of us have preconceptions about self-harm, most likely helped along by troubled teens in soap operas like Eastenders and Hollyoaks.

The character is usually either an ‘Emo’ or being bullied in so way so begins cutting themselves as a way of ‘taking back control’.

Whilst cutting or abrading the skin is a form of self-harm it’s vital to the wellbeing of you (or someone you’re worried about) that you’re aware that other forms of self-harm exist.

Being diagnosed with dementia can, to some, feel like the beginning of the end. For others it’s confirming what they already suspected but never wanted to admit. 

Whatever their reaction, it will have a profound impact on how they live out the rest of their lives. However whilst many consider the practical elements of living with dementia – specifically living independently – there’s the emotional, psychological and social implications to consider as well.

Our mental health is a fragile thing. Our emotions are rooted in 5 core emotions that govern how respond to the world. Joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness blend together to create the sensations we experience on a day-to-day basis.

However, as in the case of the Disney Pixar movie: Inside Out, it’s possible for one emotion to override the others. Our Fear (anxiety) and Sadness (depression) can start to ride the controls and that’s when we get in to trouble.


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