One in four people are affected by a mental illness each year. Whilst these can have devastating impacts on people’s lives, they are also treatable, just like physical conditions. However, sometimes having the strength to bring attention to mental health issues can be tough.
2017 has seen some positive progression regarding the stigma surrounding mental health, with Prince Harry speaking out about his difficulties dealing with family loss and encouraging us all to break the stigma that surrounds mental health issues.
This year we decided to get involved and support this movement as we start to support and share the ethos championed by Behind A Smile.
Through the medium of fashion and design, Behind A Smile have created a unique way of starting conversation and breaking down stigmas that surround mental illness.
Behind A Smile gives us all the chance to express ourselves in a way that can help people talk to others, that can help break the stigma behind mental health and help people realise that no matter what they think, they’re never alone.
Check out their website here for some great clothing and stories about dealing with mental health proactively. – www.behindasmile.co.uk
If you would just like to talk to someone here are some useful phone numbers:
Samaritans: 08457 909090
Anxiety UK: 0844 477 5774
Depression Alliance: 0845 123 23 20