Now then! As you’ll most probably know, it was #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek so I threw myself into it and read a lot of blogs dedicated to it. There are some absolutely fantastic pieces out there, it almost makes it easier to share their stories rather than bore you with mine but I write this as a coping mechanism for me so I’ll keep on sharing with y’all and like I always say; if it falls on the eyes of one person and it helps them, then that’s even better.
One blog caught my eye; it was well written, thought out, made some brilliant points, and I could relate to nearly every post and this blog was written by a 20-year old girl and there’s many more youngsters out there in the MH community too. And that’s the thing with mental illness, it really doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, when hearing their stories you can sometimes remember feeling exactly the same.
I think #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek has been fantastic at bringing mental illness to the forefront of everybody’s mind but I do think mental health awareness should be taught in schools. Some of you may be thinking that’s a bit too far and it’s easy for me to say this but if you haven’t lived through it, it’d be hard to understand. I’ll certainly be talking to Moo about it just so she knows. I may not know what music she’s listening to and I’ll be just boring old dad, but there’s one thing I’ll understand even if she thinks I won’t and that’s her mental health. But that’s because I’m living with it; it’d be nice if we could teach it at a younger age so you don’t have to have lived through it to understand it?
EDUCATION WOULD PROVIDE PEOPLE WITH THE TOOLS TO DEAL WITH CONCERNS WHEN THEY ARISE RATHER THAN HAVING TO FIGURE IT OUT IN THE MIDST OF A PROBLEM. I HAVE A BUGBEAR ABOUT THIS. GIVEN THAT ANY ADULT WOULD SAY THAT HEALTH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE – WHY THE FUCK DO WE NOT HAVE A SCHOOL SUBJECT “HEALTH”? HOW CAN HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, BUSINESS STUDIES ETC BE SUBJECTS BUT HEALTH IS NOT?!
Have a good day everybody
Peace and love