World Mental Health Day: 10th October 2016

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World Mental Health Day: 10th October 2016 || raeritchie.com

Yesterday was World Letters Day.  Today is World Mental Health Day.  I know which is easier to write about but alas I cannot ignore this one.  Neither, I dare to suggest, can you.  According to the Mental Health Foundation, one in six adults had a mental health problem in the last week.  I am one of them.  You are bound to know others too, whether you realise it or not.  One in six is a pretty big statistic.  A grim one too.

I wish I had wise words to offer about what we can do about it.  All I do know is that talking about what’s going on is a vital step.  Anything that chips away at the secrecy, stigma and shame surrounding mental health is a good thing.  Making it okay to share our struggles benefits everyone.  It brings at least some small relief to the sufferer whilst giving our friends and family an insight into what it feels like to live with these difficulties.

I’d like to contribute to this conversation by sharing below links to pieces I’ve published this year about mental health (there are more forthcoming but owing to my wrestling with Borderline Personality Disorder they are not out yet.  I’d say this is ironic but I’m not sure whether it’s Alanis Morrisette ironic or actually genuinely ironic).

I’d also like to bring together useful contributions to this significant day in the mental health calendar.  I’ll be looking out for articles, blog posts and social media shares to include in a round up this evening so please do check back later (around 20.30 BST).  If you spot anything that you feel warrants inclusion in this list, please do let me know!  I’m on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, or you can email me.

I hope that World Mental Health Day is a calm and even happy one for you.

A letter to my eighteen year old self at the start of the university year

My three therapy sessions that changed everything

The bottle or the blade

‘The walls we build to protect ourselves become our prisons’ Sally Brampton

Joy alongside sorrow

Sobriety (on the) rocks

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