Mental health awareness week: Talking, struggles and looking out for people

Man and woman talking
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It’s mental health awareness week in the UK and I recently watched comedian Jason Manford’s video in which he candidly talks about his “mental health scare”.

Two things particularly struck me. He talks about the invaluable support he has had from family and friends.

Talking about how you are feeling is important and it really does help.

Not failing

He also said: “Just because you are struggling, doesn’t mean you are failing.”

It is a very important point to remember.

We don’t feel like a failure when we are laid up in bed with the flu probably just a bit sorry for ourselves. Not feeling well, not feeling yourself isn’t a failure.

My own message is to look out for each other. Just because someone is happy on the outside doesn’t mean they are on the inside.

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