There is help out there and tomorrow is always another day. Another day to begin the process of tackling these problems with support. There is always hope no matter how bad things appear to be...
The Self-Esteem Team, the group I work with who go into schools teaching students on mental health, self-esteem and exam stress, are writing to David Cameron every single day for the next year in a bid to revolutionise the education system by including mental wellbeing on the curriculum. Until that date is in the diary though, here are seven ways to build resilience...
Official figures estimate that one in 10 school-aged children and young people have a diagnosable mental health issue such as anxiety or depression, but other more recent surveys place that figure much higher. This is above and beyond the sorts of knocks and challenges that we all encounter in life - this is a diagnosable mental health problem and requires professional support.
When I had a major meltdown recently I managed to pick up the phone and speak to my twin through sobbing and screaming. His calm demeanour helped to subside the panic and darkness. With a great support network comes a domino effect of help.
It doesn't need great powers of deduction to see that rising levels of distress among our young people is likely to translate into more adults who are struggling to cope in the future. Samaritans already answers 5m calls for help a year from adults.
Support for children with mental health issues is actually decreasing at alarming speed. £80m has been cut from the NHS mental health budget for children and adolescents in the past four years, including £35m in the last year alone. Without access to help and treatment, children's issues will only continue into adulthood - all the time developing into more serious conditions.
If you are supporting someone through this then stay strong. They need you to be. They are full of intense regret and self-deprecation, and your support and love will be one thing getting through the barrier and to the starting line of a healthy life.
It's not often a children's movie comes out that is not only funny and educational, but explains mental processes more clearly than most neuroscientists can. Although let's face it, if anyone was going to achieve it, it would be Pixar who have a record of making movies that make us laugh, cry, and think (sometimes all at once).
It's both sad and distressing that this kind of news is no longer surprising for us on the other side of the world. I have had strong views about gun control for a long time, and feel compelled to share them with you today.
I decided the ward was too stressful and was making me worse and so I asked for leave until ward round and they allowed it. I got home and sat in a chair and cried for hours. Home wasn't the right place.
Fathers may experience witnessing they're loved ones and baby in distress in the labour room and sometimes witnessing even more blood loss than the mother. The father feels so unhelpful as he watches the trauma of unfold in front of him.
People can be frightened of compassion because they think it is a weakness or an indulgence. This is largely because they don't understand it and don't recognise the enormous value in realising the causes of suffering, and our own fragility.
If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, insomnia can lead to anxiety surrounding sleep. You don't want your negative perception of sleep to create the assumption that every time you try to sleep you won't be able to, so the key here is positive reinforcement.
Mental wellbeing is rarely discussed in the classroom, which I think is partly due to the fact that the issue is still seen as a taboo topic by many. However, in my opinion avoiding the topic is only increasing the lack of understanding surrounding mental wellbeing and resilience, especially between adults and young people.
The first 100 days of the new government have seen a number of significant reports and announcements about mental health services and the lives of people with mental health conditions. They include some very promising signs of continued commitment to improving mental health but also some major strains on the system that needs to be addressed.
A picture says a thousand words, but are they the strongest ones? I have never publicly buried my head into my hands; I rarely cry beyond closed doors. I haven't lived on a scale, nor taken a photo of my rib cage in a mirror.