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World Mental Health Day

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Today (10 October) is World Mental Health Day – the stigma around mental health is slowly decreasing but today provides the opportunity to raise even more awareness about mental health and recognise the important work that goes on all year round.

Good mental health covers a range of things including a person’s ability to feel and express their emotions (both positive and negative), their ability to cope with change and to form and maintain relationships.

Because of poor mental health, many people are not able to play a full part in their social, work or home life and they find it difficult to cope with life in general. You don’t need a diagnosis to be struggling with your mental health – we all feel ‘stressed’ or down at times but sometimes these feelings develop into more serious problems. The stigma that is attached to talking about our feelings is something that needs to be challenged. Often the best way to start dealing with how we feel is to talk about it – and having someone to listen is key to starting on the road to recovery.

In any given year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. These include depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, OCD, panic attacks and eating disorders and affect the way that we live our lives.

Good mental health is key to our quality of life and Bromford recognises that. Our support services are tailored to your individual needs and focus on what you can do, rather than what you can’t.

Here are a few examples of how people’s lives have been turned around thanks to a little help and support…

Mum of three, Natasha, describes her life last year as a 'dark place' - "I felt there was no point to anything, my whole world came crashing down" – read her story here.

Until a few years ago, Michael, aged 45, had two successful businesses and was in the fortunate position of being able to travel around the world. Due to unforeseen circumstances, he lost both businesses and his home and subsequently suffered an emotional meltdown. See how support has helped Michael here.

Lisa was in an aggressive, controlling relationship and was left feeling worthless and depressed – see how her life has ‘changed for the better’ here.