Time to Change 6th Feb 2020
Time to Change day – 6th February 2020
It is brilliant to see that Time to Change are continuing their Time to Talk campaign this year on Thursday 6th February 2020. It is always a really important opportunity to highlight to area of mental health as awareness and knowledge undoubtedly help to break down the difficulties of stigma, which still remain around this issue.
The statistics are well documented with 1 in 4 of us experiencing a mental health problem in any given year. Fortunately there remain a number of superb organisations continuing to do fantastic work in this area inaddition to the Time to Change organisation, there is MIND, Rethink, the Samaritans and the Sane Line, just to name a few.
The following are just some key fact and figures for this area:
1. 1 in 8 young people experience a mental health problem within any given year.
2. The total number of suicides in the UK and ROI is 6,859.
3. In the UK men are 3 times more likely to commit suicide than women.
4. Major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide.
5. Mental health work is thought to have cost UK employers £26 billion each year.
6. 49,551 new detentions under the Mental Health Act (2017-2018).
The issue of isolation and support for those encountering mental health problems can be a major factor. The ability to have a conversation and dialogue with them undoubtedly assists regarding the process of positive support and opening the way to other organisations and professionals, who may be able to help the individual to overcome their mental health challenges.
At an extreme end, if there is a breakdown of a major nature, the Mental Health Act can be utilised to bring individuals in by force under a section. If this does occur then there are rights to challenge the section, via the procedure of a Mental Health Tribunal. In terms of community support, there are various levels of help available through the NHS and social services network and this can include visitation by professionals including a Community Psychiatric Nurse, Social Worker, Outreach Team and others. There can also be recreational sessions that can form part of an individual’s week to keep them constructively occupied and aid them in the journey back to employment, if this is their objective.
The ability to share and discuss matters openly can be a major obstacle as individuals who do not discuss matters and ‘bottle up’ their difficulties can lead to a scenario where matter deteriorate and become more serious.
The Time to Change campaign regarding Time to Talk 2020 is a great opportunity to champion and discuss the area of mental health, hopefully leading to more support for those who require help when they are in difficult times.
Do what you can to get involved!
Article by Ranjit Thaliwal
Thaliwal & Veja Solicitors
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