The importance of community spirit

Welcome back to the first blog post of 2018. It has been a while since I last wrote a post, the last one I made was on the fantastic arts event held over in London borough of Lambeth.

Family

Group of people together holding hands

So it is now 2018 and a beginning of new year, with new opportunities, challenges and awareness projects to raise regarding unpaid carers, mental health events and topics about psychology. Some people wonder why I have created such a blog site and why I cover mental health events and carer forums. I feel these specific issues need a lot of awareness raising. Mental health still struggles to get a decent platform and any help I can contribute to the awareness of unpaid carers and service users should continue.

Mother comforts her teen daughter

Mother comforting Daughter who is unwell

The thing is though, it is not just about service users or carers, its not always about mental health staff who work tirelessly to support service users and their family. It is not even always about psychology or psychiatry. I feel the larger aspect is community. I feel no matter how near or far, we are touched by mental health.

It is unfortunate that those around us only notice mental health when they see mental illness at its chronic form, either when someone is suffering psychosis, bipolar or a serve eating disorder, but we cannot overlook that each and everyone of us have mental health. We all can feel down at times, we can feel stressed and angry, but if we take that to another level then we are not too far from challenging mental health.

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Its not enough to say mental health effects everyone and that we should be proud of combating mental illness, we need to involve the community to learn about mental health and involve the community to understand wellbeing. The divide needs to be closed where those who suffer mental illness are kept hidden away while others who are coping well continue on hoping they will never have to face mental illness.

I hope to raise the importance of the inclusion the community, where the community can get the voice and speak about what is affecting their mental health and how physical health is tied with mental health. It might seem we are different and unique, but no matter what we are exposed to, mental health affects us all.

Matthew Mckenzie

If we can work together as a community and share the common apsect of wellbeing, so many great things can be arheived. People will always remember those who go out of their way to show understanding, education and most importantly kindness.

We should never forget community. Here is to a healthy 2018 for body and mind.

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