This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and the Eagle-eyed social media users amongst you will have noticed that some celebrities have been taking selfies with four fingers held up. If you’ve spotted your favourite actor or singer pulling this pose and wondered what it’s all about, you might be surprised to find out that it is to spread awareness about mental health problems.
This is the BBC’s 1in4 campaign and the reason celebrities are holding up four fingers is to shed light on the statistic is because one in four people are living with mental health conditions. Some of the stars who are getting behind the campaign include Broadchurch’s Olivia Colman and David Tennant, Tom Hardy, Russell Brand, Sarah Silverman and Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw.
1in4 has been launched as part of BBC’s Minds Matter season, which aims to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and to break down the stigma surrounding the subject. Minds Matter season also includes a few one-off TV and radio programmes such as Mind over Marathon, The Truth About Stress and Being Black, Going Crazy.
Don’t Ignore Mental Health
Unfortunately there are lots of myths surrounding the topic of mental health which can stand in the way of people taking the necessary steps towards getting help. Knowing the truth and challenging negative misconceptions is hugely important.
Many people with mental health problems feel as though they are going through it alone and, as a result, experience feelings of isolation. This is why the 1in4 campaign is spreading the information that one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
People who are better informed are more likely to make empowered decisions and get the right support for their mental health conditions. Although it is common to feel nervous and unsure about where to go, seeking help is an essential step towards getting better. According to mental health charity, Mind, you should consider speaking to somebody if you:
- Find it difficult to cope with your thoughts and feelings
- Are experiencing thoughts and feelings which have an impact on your day-to-day life
- Want to find out about available support
Where to Get Help
If you’re concerned about your mental wellbeing and have been inspired by the 1in4 campaign to finally reach out to someone, there are lots of places in Berkshire you can go to for help.
Talking Therapies in Berkshire
Talking Therapies is an NHS centre where adults (aged 17 and over) in the Berkshire area can receive treatment from an expert team of advisors and therapists. The team at Talking Therapies Berkshire aim to help people overcome difficulties and learn how to manage their mental health better.
Friends in Need
People living with depression can connect with others either online or in their local area through the supportive community, Friends in Need.
Eight Bells for Mental Health
Eight Bells for Mental Health is a Berkshire-based charity which supports people affected by any sort of mental health condition. The centre in Newbury is open Monday to Thursday and anyone is welcome to drop in and speak to the friendly, supportive team of experts.
These are just a few of the many organisations you can turn to in your local area. If you’re still not sure where to turn, this comprehensive list of services in East Berkshire can assist you in finding the most appropriate source of mental health support for you.