Young Brits Turn to Alcohol to Cope with Mental Health Issues

Posted May 12, 2017

Elaine Cook-Tippins, Operational and Clinical Manager, Hereford Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Mental health problems affect about one in 10 young people; that's three in every classroom".

A recent study quizzing 2,000 Brits on the state of their mental well-being revealed that when it comes to boosting mental health, it's our friends and family that are most likely to help us out.

1 in 4 people in the United Kingdom will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. I am not a fan of labels, but a diagnosis can help you understand and explain your condition - but we are more than a diagnosis.

Lisa, Creative Director of Studio G Photography and a former journalist, said: "I've lived with depression myself for over twenty years, and I won't pretend it's been easy, but my illness forced me to take stock of my life and make a major change in direction".

When I was first diagnosed I was scared of what people would think if they found out, would anyone even get near me?

Individual and community stigma for alcohol abuse and prescription drug misuse was about the same, 77 percent for individuals and 80 percent and 82 percent respectively for communities.

Both Mayors Mooney and Nelson jointly read the proclamation and declared their intent for the two cities to both recognize the importance of mental health and the important roles that NAMI BV and Rock Prairie play in helping those in need.

"If you're suffering from stress, anxiety or depression, or just the normal emotional ups and downs with life, rest assured you are not alone". They don't want to engage with them. Send them a "Get well" card in the same way that you would if they were off with back pain or a broken leg for example. "So, I'm not so sure that that is any better than it has been".

Being healthy doesn't just mean looking after the physical aspects of your health; it's just as important to care for your mental wellbeing.

Whatever our genetic make-up and whatever painful experiences we have been through, we need to recognise that we all have a sense of agency and can take positive action to improve our mental health.

Our research found that 45 per cent of companies have a clearly-defined wellbeing strategy in place, compared to less than a third in 2016 - and 82 per cent of these strategies now include mental health, with a further 15 per cent of employers saying they plan to add mental health initiatives to their strategy in 2017. We need to recognise the positive strategies that work for us and put them into practice when things feel hard.

"If you have any kind of mental or physical illnesses, see your healthcare provider regularly", said Dr. Greg Smith, chief of psychiatric services with Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center. One of the most important things we can do is work to replace this stigma with hope.

Everybody goes through hard periods in their life where they will experience overwhelming and painful emotions.

A blister from new work boots leads to an ulcer; you're struggling to walk round the building site and the foreman lays you off with no warning and no sick pay. "What is your outlook for the future?"

We should be a country in which people are treated with humanity, fairness, respect and compassion.

In February, we published our second annual wellbeing research report in association with Reward & Employee Benefits Association 'Employee Wellbeing Research 2017: The evolution of workplace wellbeing in the United Kingdom, ' which uncovered several trends about mental health.