Yesterday, 5 July 2018, the NHS celebrated its 70th birthday. To mark the occasion, notable landmarks around the country, including the Library of Birmingham and the University of Birmingham (Old Joe) here in our hometown, will be illuminated by blue lights. The hashtag #NHS70 will be boosted online in honour of the date.
As we acknowledge this milestone in the life of our National Health Service, let’s take it as a chance to reflect on one of the most important health issues we face: mental health. While it can be hard to tackle a problem you can’t see, don’t be ashamed to seek help if you’re feeling stressed, depressed, anxious or simply not like yourself.
Every once in a while you may feel like you need to take action yourself. This can be something as simple as talking to friends or family, your GP, or someone you trust. At ODARA, we’re always happy to listen if you’re looking for a friend to talk to. Of course, everyone’s feelings and experiences are different and while there is lots of advice out there urging you to share your feelings with others face to face, you may not feel up to it.
This is where the NHS comes in – and that doesn’t necessarily mean rushing to the doctors. There are services online that may be able to give you the advice you need, or help you feel a little bit happier. You can answer questions to get a better understand your mood at this link or you can check out the NHS Moodzone. Here you’ll find tips on mental health and self-help, while getting the chance to read other people’s stories about their experiences with mental health – sometimes knowing you’re not alone is a comfort in itself.
Ultimately, you shouldn’t feel pressured to find help right away, just as you should never be ashamed to admit that you don’t feel quite right. We will always be here for you at ODARA. And the NHS, at the ripe old age of 70, can provide you with the services you need, should you wish to seek them out.