Posts tagged “Mental Health”

Are you dragging a heavy load of pain with you as you go about life? 
 
Here are some signs: 
 
1. You find it harder to be amused by jokes or things meant to be funny. 
 
2. You’re tired and irritable but don’t understand why. 
 
3. There are certain topics/songs/films/places you avoid because they remind you of something uncomfortable in your past. 
 
4. You seem to be angry at something but you can’t put your finger on what that is. 
 
5. You numb out on TV, food, your phone or other “guilty pleasures” whenever you start to feel sad. 
 
All of us are burdened by certain events or relationships that weigh us down. The trouble is, over time we get so used to carrying this extra weight that we don’t even notice it’s there anymore (or remember how it got there). 
tired from past losses
This week Grief Recovery Specialist and Trainer Phyl Edmonds is speaking at the Mental Health Forward Thinking Implementation Plan Conference in Manchester. This five-year major transformation programme for mental health sets out how services will help reach a million more people a year by 2022. 
The plan commits to improving access to high-quality care, 
 
It doesn’t matter what angle you come at this topic – the question “why?” is there. To those left behind when someone has completed suicide “why?” is the burning, spear of agony that destroys sleep, destroys relationships and often destroys lives. 
More than 6000 people a year end their own lives in the UK and that figure is growing. Why? 
Every 4 minutes in the UK someone attempts suicide – once every 90 minutes someone succeeds. 
These figures are shocking and bewildering to most who read about them, and a nightmare for those directly affected so who or what is responsible? 
The answers inevitably are complex and varied and it is too easy for those of us not on the frontline to think it’s tragic but there’s nothing I can do. Wrong. There are things we can all do: 
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