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Mental Health Foundation

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*Trigger warning* - suicide is mentioned in this post. . “Burberry Apologises And Removes 'Noose' Hoodie After Model's Complaints. "Suicide isn't fashion." Taken from article on @huffpost written by Natasha Hinde . "Fashion house @burberry has been forced to apologise after showcasing a hoodie with a ‘noose’ hanging from its neck in the designer’s Autumn/Winter 2019 collection at London Fashion Week. . "Model @liz.Kennedy_ who took part in Burberry’s show, said her family has been impacted by suicide and that seeing the jumper during her fitting left her feeling “extremely triggered”. . “Suicide is not fashion,” Kennedy wrote ... “It is not glamorous nor edgy.” . "Dr Antonis Kousoulis, from the Mental Health Foundation, said he was angered by the image and said big brands like Burberry should, like the media, adhere to the same standards around suicide and be more mindful of how products might impact people. . "It’s not a media company but it’s heavily featured in the media so the same guidelines would apply,” he said. “There are thousands of people who have been impacted by suicide. At the very least, brands should be thoughtful that images can be triggering.” . "He also said there needs to be greater diversity in the design process to ensure products like this don’t end up on the catwalks and in stores. . “There’s a question of diversity. Where are the decisions being made? They could be positive agents of change if they allowed diversity into the creative process.” . 💻If you would like to read the full article visit huffingtonpost.co.uk . . If you need someone to speak to @samaritanscharity are available on 116 123 for free 24/7 and are there for you. . If you are in distress and need immediate help and are unable to see a GP, you should visit your local A&E. . #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealth #SuicideAwareness #Suicide #Fashion #Burberry #HuffingtonPost
Thank you to at @bea_buswell for wearing our green ribbon pin; and creating walking safe spaces for people to talk about mental health💚 . . “❣️I’m off to train our Wales team on the importance of personal lived experience stories for charities. . “🕊Why it needs to be meaningful and not tokenistic, and how it can be an incredibly empowering experience for everyone involved. . “🗯Sharing the impact that sexual and domestic violence has had on my mental health via a blog on @mentalhealthfoundation website a year ago was really scary. 🖕🏻I knew I wanted to do it to show I wasn’t silenced - and because the more of us that speak without shame, the more of us will realise we are not alone in our feelings. . . “This is why I’m modelling our gorgeous green ribbon - the international symbol of mental health awareness. So that any one who passes me knows that it’s okay to talk about mental health, and that however they feel today I accept them 💚” . . 💻 Get your own green ribbon pin by visiting mentalhealth.org.uk/greenribbon . #pinitformentalhealth #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #sexualviolence #domesticviolence #posttraumaticgrowth
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The ex-Chumbawamba frontman tells us why he’s supporting MHF Live: "Around about the age of 50 I hit a low point, I disappeared down a hole and clammed up completely. It was so unhealthy. I was completely stuck. . . "At the time I remember announcing proudly to everyone “I’m a 50 year old man; I’m not going to change now”. I was struggling and proudly internalising all my anguish and self-loathing and inability to communicate. It was dreadful. . . "Luckily for me I had some really good people around me. I had creative outlets to deal with my condition and supportive friends who helped me through. I was lucky. I was able to open up and express myself and be given self-worth and value and a reason again. Not everyone is. Not everyone can do those things, not everyone has those beautiful, helpful, patient people to turn to. . . "I love the idea of MHF Live. Having released an album with my (relatively new) band, Interrobang, that talks endlessly about where I am at in the world, how I feel, what problems I have and how I can best combat them, MHF Live is such an obvious project to be involved with. . . "I’ve had conversations with so many friends of my generation who are struggling with anxieties and mental health issues that this seems like such a necessary and helpful organisation. I just want to be part of the chorus, if I can help people get help - because I know what a f***er it is out there – then I’ll be happy." Dunstan Bruce, Interrobang . . If you have been inspired by Dunstan's story then visit mhflive.org.uk and start planning your own #MHFLive event today!
#ValentinesDay gives us the opportunity to remind or re-educate ourselves on how to spot the signs of a toxic relationship. . . On the whole, relationships are good for us and, for most of us, are central to living a good life, but that’s not true of all relationships. Sometimes relationships in our lives can be harmful – for example, when they are characterised by bullying or abuse. It’s important to remember that harmful relationships are not just limited to our romantic partnerships; a person can have a damaging relationship with a friend, co-worker or even a family member. . . Although domestic violence is more common among women, men can also experience it and can be exposed to the same range of potentially negative relationships. These toxic relationships are defined by an unhealthy dynamic that two people are participating in. . . Some negative relationships can be repaired, but both people in the relationship need to be committed to working on it. If you are in a toxic relationship and you both agree to work to change this dynamic, there are a number of self-help resources available. . . However, it may also be useful to seek additional support from a professional to help work through a dysfunctional, harmful relationship pattern. Seeing a therapist, either as a couple or individually, who specialises in working with interpersonal issues can help you both find ways of working through any difficulties. Visit relate.org.uk for further support and information. . . To read our full guide on investing in your relationships visit mentalhealth.org.uk/publications . . If you are worried about a harmful relationship, domestic violence or intimate partner violence, you can contact: The Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (women only) on 0808 2000 247. Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327, or you can email them or chat online with an advisor. . . #ValentinesDay #Relationships #ToxicRelationships #DomesticViolence #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #RelationshipEducation
#ValentinesDay gives us the opportunity to remind or re-educate ourselves on what the ingredients of a healthy relationship are. . . Healthy relationships should allow both people in the relationship to feel supported and connected, but also allow each person to maintain their independence. Communication and setting boundaries are two important components of a healthy relationship. . . Healthy relationships are incredibly important as they protect our mental health and wellbeing at any stage of life. . . #ValentinesDay #Relationships #HealthyRelationships #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness
Valentines Day: Alternatives by @allontheboard “Happy Valentine’s Day - and if you’re not a fan of #valentinesday here’s some alternatives for you. ❤️” . 💚 Valentine’s Day can stir up different feelings - maybe it brings up feelings of gratitude when you spend time with the person you love? Maybe it brings up feelings of pressure and stress as you spend money on gifts and events? Maybe it conjures up feelings of loneliness and comparison? And maybe it frustrates you so much that you avoid any mention of the day entirely! . What all of the above shows is that what today will mean will depend entirely on who you are, where you have been and where you are going - so whether it is a day of celebration or a day of avoidance for you, why not tackle its single message and get creative like @allontheboard and make it your own! . . Valentine’s Day like any day, is exactly that, just a day. . So today, you could focus your attention on being kind to yourself. We all know that the relationship we have with ourselves is as important as any and deserves some focus too. . You could practice some self-care, make it about looking after yourself and your mental health on Valentine’s Day. . . So, what will you turn today in to? . Whatever today means to you we here at the Mental Health Foundation accept and support you 💚 . . If you do find today particularly tricky and need someone to speak to then remember that @samaritanscharity are available 24/7 for free on 116 123 and want to speak to you. . . #ValentinesDay #SelfCare #Relationships #SelfKindness #BeKind #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MakeItYourOwn
We want you to join our movement, wear our green ribbon, raise awareness and support good mental health for all! 💚 . 💻 Visit mentalhealth.org.uk/greenribbon and get yours today! . #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #PinItForMentalHealth #EndStigma
What does music do for your mental health? "It really depends, I can feel super sensitive to music, sometimes when it's too intense I have to turn it off, but it also has this amazing ability to settle me. I love playing the radio in my house when I wake up in the morning. I also like pumping loud dance music when I need to hype myself up for something or belting ballads when I'm driving. . "Some songs help me revisit times in my life, they manage to capture a feeling of the ...time and place when I was listening to the track a lot. I think music is pure magic. . What makes you happy? "Dogs, reading and dancing. . Please tell us about (and share) a piece of music that has had an impact on your mental health? "I've been recently listening to 'Don't Think Twice It's Alright' by Bob Dylan and it's making me think a lot about letting go and forgiveness. . . Leyla Josephine will perform as part of MHF Live at St Luke’s, Glasgow, on Sunday 10th February. For more information and tickets visit: www.musicglue.com/mhf-live/ . . MHF Live is a UK-first that encourages musicians and music fans to host their own events to Raise Awareness, Raise Money & Raise the Roof for mental health. . Your @mhflive event can be big or small – whether it’s a gathering at work, school, a local venue or just at home with a few friends, whatever you can do makes a massive difference. . Get involved today and visit mhflive.org.uk . . #MusicAndMentalHealth #PoetryAndMentalHealth #MHFLive #MentalHealthAwareness
Thank you • @benements for wearing and posting about our green pin 💚 the international symbol of mental health awareness. . . “In the past 18 months I've been a part of @tenementsgla . Without them, I don't know if it still be around just now. It's more than a band, it's a support group, it's a family. We support each other every day. . “Mental health is something that is talked about more and more, but not always for the right reasons. My mental health is pretty average at best, I've had some pretty shit times this past year, but I've also had some of the best. . “I'm always here for my friends and family if they need an ear and a cup of tea/glass of wine/10 pints and a jagerbomb. We need to look out for each other, be the friend you need someone else to be. . “That's why I wear a green ribbon. You're alive, you are here, and you are loved. . . If you’ve been inspired and want to get your own green pin visit mental health.org.uk/greenribbon . #pinitformentalhealth #mentalhealth #mentalhealthfoundation #mensmentalhealth #tenementsisagang #tenements
When people ask how we are, we often reply with "I'm fine", even when we're not. Did you know we say "I'm fine" 14 times a week on average, but only mean it 19% of the time? Every week 1 in 6 of us experiences mental health problems. Let's challenge the 'I'm fine' mantra and move towards more meaningful conversations with the people in our lives. It's #timetotalk day. Give it a try and tell us about the conversations you have today. #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #imfine #itsokaynottobeokay #anxiety #depression #conversations #chat
"As a 22-year-old, I look back at my school life, particularly high school. I wouldn’t say I was jumping from the rooftops screaming I was having a blast, but I didn’t hate every moment either. It was school. I went, I did work, I went home and would count down the days till the weekend." . . "But I remember always being told "enjoy school, it’s the best years of your life!” This put a lot of anxiety and pressure on me. . . "Best years of your life? For who? What if these aren’t the best years of my life? What’s yet to come? Is this as good as it gets? What do adults deal with? . . "Looking at children now, I feel like the saying that school is the “best years of your life,” is getting less and less the case. . . "Children deal with a lot of stress and I can vouch for that – and it’s never easy hearing an adult saying “you don’t know what stress is”. . . "Being made to think of what kind of job you want, before you can spell your own name, has a massive impact. This meant at such an early age I was already having to think, "What is a good job? What can I realistically do with the qualifications I may or may not get? How much can I survive on?" . . "Children may also have to deal with a lot of extra factors, such as home life and bullying, things out of their control. Bullying has got worse over the years. The existence of social media has made it even worse so that bullying can happen 24/7. . . "With the Make It Count campaign, we can make sure that every child feels safe no matter where their issue arises, at home or at school. . . "No child’s feelings should be belittled because they’re a child. They’re still a human being who’s living and breathing and if anything, trying to educate themselves on how to process emotions. . . "It is important for a child to feel valued and as though their feelings matter because they do. They deserve to know they matter and they deserve to have a future." . . To join the campaign visit mentalhealth.org.uk/campaign. . . #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek #MentalHealth #MentalHealthInSchool #MakeItCount
It's #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek and we want to know what mental health advice would you give to your younger self? . . Tell us all about your advice in the comments or create your own post using #MHFQuestionTime . . . Research shows that 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14 and 75% are established by age 24. . . This is why we are campaigning to ensure every child in the UK receives an education with mental health at its heart. Mental health is not extra-curricular. Find out more about our #MakeItCount campaign at: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/campaigns. . . #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MHFQuestionTime #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek #AdviceToYoungerSelf #MakeItCount
Thank you to • @tommiddletonmusic for not only wearing our green pin but for supporting our new fundraising initiative #MHFLive . . “A welcome winter walk by the Ionian Sea for some #breathwork . . “We ALL need to take a moment for ourselves, invest time to reflect, remember loved ones who have left us. Celebrate this gift of life, feel our senses, cementing the mission to make a difference and positively impact whilst here, reconnecting with nature, a walk in green spaces, deep breathing to the sounds of the sea..this is ’free’ self-care for a positive mind state and building resilience to deal with the stresses of an unrelenting switched on modern life. . Wearing the @mentalhealthfoundation green pin in support of the new fundraising project @mhfliveuk #mhflive using music events to raise funds and end mental health stigma.” . . If you have been inspired by Tom then visit mhflive.org.uk to run your own event. Raise awareness. Raise money. Raise the roof! . . #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #PinItForMentalHealth #MusicAndMentalHealth #Music
"At the age of 30 I was diagnosed with anorexia and depression. I had suffered with depression on and off since I was a teenager but just before I turned 30 I seemed to be feeling really low, hopeless, and unable to function properly. . . "It seemed to get progressively worse rather than better, I had low self-esteem and didn’t feel good about myself at all. I didn’t know how to control my emotions or how to make things stop. . . "By the time I was 30 I was really struggling with life, I was angry, sad, tired and had so much mixed emotions but no clue how to deal with them. I couldn’t concentrate and felt as if everything round about me was in slow motion. . . "I was there but I was somewhere else in my head and it was the worst feeling I have ever experienced. Looking back at this now really breaks my heart because I feel I missed out on so much.."I broke down at a doctors appointment and explained that I was struggling to cope and felt exhausted. She asked if she could weigh me and take my height which I found strange considering I was telling her I was depressed but she then asked me if I thought I was anorexic, which I answered no to..."When I look back through my childhood now, I can see that I have had issues with eating since I was very young, but I suppose the more this became a habit, the more normal it was for me..."When I hit my teenage years, it became more of an issue. I always compared myself to other girls and generally didn’t like myself. . . "I still struggle with my eating, especially the anxiety relating to food and sometimes this influences things such as going out to restaurants or over to other people’s houses for food. . . "I have bad days, but I feel more equipped to deal with my emotions now than I ever did in the past and continue to see health professionals when I know I’m not feeling great. I never refuse help that’s offered to me, I would do anything to avoid being back to where I was three years ago. . . "Eventually I would like to be able to help others with similar issues to me". KERRY . . #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #Anorexia #Depression #Anxiety
Thank you to @thecontentwolf for wearing our green pin 💚 By wearing this you are creating walking safe spaces for people to talk about mental health. . “We all have different faces. Some we show to the world, some we don’t. What we choose to present in the online world doesn’t always reflect how we’re really feeling deep down. . . “Don’t be afraid to show your true colours sometimes. No matter how much some people try to be perfect, they’re not. . . “I love seeing real posts on social media that make me feel human, and look out for people that help make me feel stronger. . . “I wear my mental health foundation pin to raise awareness and support good mental health for all. But also to remind myself that sometimes it’s ok to not be ok, and wearing this pin makes me realise I’m not the only one struggling in this extremely complex world. . . “Buy yours at mentalhealth.org.uk/greenribbon and show your support for an important cause. . . #PinItForMentalHealth #wellness #happiness #anxiety #mentalhealthawareness #wellbeing #happinessblog #anxietysufferer #helpeachother #mentalhealthissues #anxietydisorder #happy #mentalwellbeing #itsoknottobeok
Children are increasingly connecting with the world through digital media. With technology constantly changing, it can be hard knowing how to keep your children safe and healthy online. . . What you can do is help minimise the negative impact on your child, while encouraging healthy internet use to maximise the benefits. . . We have created a list of some useful tips: 1. Remember: the internet isn’t all bad. 2. An internet ban is rarely helpful. 3. Be age-appropriate. 4. Keep talking. Being open to discuss things in an age-appropriate way is key to helping them stay safe. 5. Promote good sleep habits. Encourage everyone to turn off their screens at least 1 hour before bedtime. 6. Use the internet alongside your child. 7. Encourage active rather than passive use. 8. Break the ‘filter bubbles’. 9. Talk to your child about body image. 10. Promote healthy sexual attitudes. 11. Look out for warning signs. . . Are there any others you would add? . . To read the full tips visit mentalhealth.org.uk/publications . . #ChildrensMentalHealth #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #InternetSafety #OnlineSafety
@jdohertyiphoneography thank you for wearing our green pin! By wearing it you are creating walking safe spaces for people to talk about mental health. - - - - - - "I’ve had mental health issues since my early teens. I’m no longer ashamed of this. Depression doesn’t define me. It’s just a part of who I am. (As is being camera shy...🙂) Thank you @mentalhealthfoundation... " . . If you would like to get your hands on your own pin then visit mentalhealth.org.uk/greenribbon . . #pinitformentalhealth #depression #oknottobeok #greenribbon
What does music do for your mental health? "I find it very relaxing both as a listener and as a writer. Its probably my favourite form of escapism. I can sit at the piano for hours and hours and this can be great for keeping my mind occupied. If I do ever find myself with poor mental health the writing process can have tremendous healing qualities. In the past it has forced me to confront issues or problems I was dealing with at the time." . . Tell us why you are supporting MHF Live? "I knew about the Mental Health Foundation and its great work, and as a musician I was really interested to hear that it now had a new music initiative. I realised that it was something I would love to be involved with." . . Read Michael Cassidy's full story by visiting mentalhealth.org.uk/stories . . Fancy running your own small gig at your home for friends, or a larger one in a pub - then why not combine it with raising money for the Mental Health Foundation? Find out more by visiting mhflive.org.uk today! . . #MHFLive #MusicAndMentalHealth #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness
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