We should be much more aware of what is an unacceptable level of stress in our professional lives. We should feel much more able to admit when we are struggling. We shouldn't be seeing depression and anxiety, often exacerbated by our highly pressured lives, as a weakness that we need to hide.
You need something that you can do where you don't have to ask, you don't have to wait around for someone else to help you, you don't have to fear other people's opinions or emotions. You just have something, right there and then, at the end of your fingertips to assist you in staying safe.
If we really want to reduce the stigma and allow people to reach out and seek help, then we simply have to be teaching people about what mental illness is and introduce compulsory mental health education in schools.
Could we please wake up. It's 2015 for God's sake. It's time to spend some money on why people aren't mentally healthy to come up with solutions to alleviate the suffering. When I perform my show, Sane New World, I invite the audience to have a discussion or ask questions. Three times I've had people stand up and say that they've had cancer and mental illness and when I ask which is worse to them they've all said the depression. One man told me and the audience that with cancer he wanted to live, with depression he wanted to die.
We can take action to help people hold on to their dignity. Encouraging men to strengthen social relationships can help to fend off loneliness and make it easier for them to talk about what is bothering them so it doesn't build up to a crisis without release.
Without a doubt, we can say we are world leaders in this form of therapy - one which favours talking over tablets, empathy over medication. I feel a great sense of pride in our health and care system that other countries, such as Sweden - often held up as an exemplar of modern health care - are now trialling similar approaches.
The sad truth is that for thousands of people with mental health issues in the UK, there is no dignity. They face services stretched to breaking point and a system which seems labyrinthine and unnavigable.
The truth is that there is outrageous discrimination at the heart of the NHS. If you have suspected cancer you have a right to see a specialist within two weeks - and rightly so. But if you are a teenager with an eating disorder - a condition which can kill - you have no such right. It's impossible to justify that.
This World Mental Health Day is particularly exciting for Mind, as we will be welcoming the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to one of our local projects. Such a high-profile visit feels like a significant moment for mental health, a measure of how far we have come in raising the profile of mental ill health, to bring it out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
I feel real frustration that patients' needs are not being recognised, diagnosed and getting evidence-based treatment speedily and early enough to have a good effect. In A&E, someone with palpitations but having a panic attack will get lots of physical investigation but may not be accurately diagnosed with anxiety and referred for therapy.
Stigma and misunderstanding hang around mental health, discouraging people from speaking up and seeking help. Just telling someone that you have depression can feel like an admission of failure. But why is this still the case when our understanding of mental health has come so far in recent years?
The theme of World Mental Health week this year is dignity, the dictionary definition of which is 'the state or quality of being worthy of honour or respect'. This is proving to be a particularly tough topic to write about when it comes to mental health, particularly as I can really only talk about it in relation to my own experience.
As PTSD ravaged my mind I believed I was a burden to my family. In fact some days I believed my family would be better off without me. Yet, as I looked at the pictures my heart could see how foolish that was. I was there, there for my babies, doing everything I could and giving them everything I could.
I'm very open about my experiences with mental health, certainly to those around me but also on a public level. I write and blog about my recovery, and I stand up for what I believe is right, especially when it comes to breaking down mental health stigma.
The introduction of well-defined care pathways for stroke and cancer, with clear access standards has led to significant improvements in outcomes and the same approaches are being applied in mental health care.
I am mentally ill. I am battling an unseen force of horrendous magnitude. I am still here though declaring it has not beaten me and has not made throw in the towel. I will keep having to confront those dark days but through the wonderful work of the NHS and my dear friends and family I am able to reach out and cling on to the light.