Mental Health-International Mens Day

Today is International Mens’ day, which celebrates (obviously men) and is something that unfortunately doesn’t happen very often. This day is also about bringing awareness to the issues that men face, in particular their mental health. Too many men go through depression and many suffer in silence. Below is an article that I previously wrote and felt that today would be a good reason to do a repost.

As much as I write about celebrities and various social issues, one of my main reasons for having this blog is to bring awareness to mental health issues and I have written articles on my own personal experiences and the methods that I used to overcome them.

Just a few weeks ago I was thinking about where I was mentally and emotionally at one point in my life and how far I have come. I was once in a very negative place, after experiencing various situations that left me with very low self esteem and self confidence. I also had just quit my job after working at a company with quite a few horrible people and I was at a point where, I was left feeling very low and suffered from mild depression.

It got to the point where I didn’t want to live anymore and felt that it was best to end it all. Thankfully, I spoke to my doctor who referred me to a therapist, who then gave me contact details for a counselling service called Mind. I had three months of counselling which helped me to look at a lot of things I’d experienced in a different way.

If I’m honest I feel that the real work started after I finished having counselling. With a lot of prayer, accepting/making peace with my past and also not dwelling on negativity, I am now in a much better place in my life. I still have my days where negative thoughts start to creep in (which is normal) but I am better at not letting it settle into my mind.

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Unfortunately a lot of others lose their battle with mental health. Last week South London Rappers Krept & Konan (pictured above) lost their friend and business partner Nash Chagonda. Nash was instrumental in the duo opening their new restaurant Crepes and Cones in South Croydon but died the same week as the grand opening.

Speaking about his friends death, Krept said “We are excited but we are sad as well at the same time, our friend who was with us, who helped us, who was going to be the other manager alongside Konan’s mum, passed away on Sunday. He was literally the spine of this and we just suddenly lost him on Sunday. We was thinking about moving the launch day and changing things but everybody just said we are going to step up and try our best to make it happen and do it in his memory.”

Entertainer/Comedian Micheal Dapper of ‘Man’s Not Hot’ fame, also left a touching tribute to Nash, encouraging people to seek help for depression and not to deal with their emotions alone:

The suicide rate for men is alarmingly high, 84 men lose their lives to suicide every single week in the UK alone, from a young age they are told to hold their emotions in and not express how they are feeling. Because of this attitude in society, a lot of men unfortunately internalize their stress and pain in the fear of looking soft and emotional. There’s nothing wrong with speaking about your feelings and as humans we are naturally emotional beings. I hope this article inspires anyone that is suffering in silence to speak to someone, seek help and to heal.

BAATN-The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network

BAATN is the UK’s largest independent organisation to specialise in working psychologically with Black, African, Asian and Caribbean people. BAATN has a directory of therapists all over the UK.

www.baatn.org.uk

The Mind info line

Mind offer an information line to answer questions about:

various types of mental health problems

where to get help

drug and alternative treatments

advocacy.

Call the Mind info line on 0300 123 3393-Text: 86463

(UK landline calls are charged at local rates, and charges from mobile phones will vary considerably). Or email info@mind.org.uk

The Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day – in full confidence.

Call 116 123 – it’s FREE

Or email jo@samaritans.org.uk

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