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BBC Mental Health Week kicks off tomorrow, 15th February. I am so glad this is happening. How do you  cope with mental health issues? 1 in 4 people will experience mental health issues in any given year.

Mental health problems affects everyday people like you and me

Many people still only associate mental health with severe disorders and psychosis like schizophrenia and multiple personality disorders.
However there are common mental health problems which affect fully functioning everyday people like you and me.
Think of depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorders,  obsessive compulsive disorders, phobias, social anxiety.  15% of the UK population are affected everyday.

Lets talk about the behaviours and symptoms of these disorders

Self-harm is on the rise, particularly with young people
Suicide rates are increasing and is leading cause of death for men between 20 and 34 in England and Wales, representing 24% of all deaths in 2013
Many people struggle with addictions whether is drugs, drink, food, sex. Internet and porn addictions are on the rise with young people.
Many of us are stressed to max, struggling to cope with the demands of life, love and living

So lets be aware, lets be real, open and honest.

Are you struggling in any area?

Are you talking about it?

If not, why not?

Remember the BT advert? “It is good to talk”

The best thing you could do for yourself today, is talk about it rather keeping it hidden.