Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Allied Health
MSc Public Health
Category: Allied and public health
3 June 2019
25% of adults and 10% of children suffer a mental health illness according to the National Health Service (NHS) and the mental health awareness week in the UK takes place in May. Personally, I never fully understood the definition of health as given by the World Health Organization (WHO), until now. In the past, I used to just cite it but in the course of my study, especially my second trimester module “Additions and Communicable disease”, I came to a new realization and I am grateful I did.
WHO defined Health, as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity" and public health has helped me to understand that my mental health is equally as important as my physical health. Sometimes we ignore our mental health, however, and we don’t see it as something that should be spoken about. When this attitude lingers on, we start selecting the pieces of our life that we share with friends or it might be that we don’t pay attention to it because our culture sees it as a taboo, even though some have died from it without anyone knowing.
We ask ourselves the following question;
- Who would listen?
- Who would understand?
- Who won’t judge me?
- Am I worth it?
- How can I be the best possible expression of myself as a human being?
- Can I really change?
- How can I stop doubting myself?
- Can my speaking out help others?
- Would I cause more problems if I face this fear?
If you have asked some of these or even more, you are not alone. Thankfully, as a student Anglia Ruskin University has support available and free for its students. Identifying the challenge is the first step to solving the problem that you can’t wrap your head around, and the Counselling and Wellbeing Service are here to help.
Anybody with an interest in Mental Health should also check the following resources:
Some of these are specialized charities and you can choose to donate to help them increase their reach.
Finally, I would love for you to read and ponder on this quote from ‘Our deepest fear’ by Marianne Williamson.
"And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others"