On my own again,
Just me all alone again,
According to SAMH – the Scottish Association for Mental Health – one in four people in Scotland will have a mental health problem at some point in their life. The chances are high that you will know someone who has suffered from mental ill-health or that you may have yourself.
Takes you away from me
So dark I cant see
You could be in a room full of people – friends, family, people you love – yet feel alone, empty. You could be about to do an everyday task, something seemingly mundane and easy, but then hit in the chest with a tightness, an unease that cripples you. You could be as right as rain one minute and then facing the darkest demons the next.
Bringing everyone’s disdain
Wont wash away this crippling pain
When it comes to physical health the language we use is common knowledge, as are the conditions. We can see a broken leg, we understand the cold, we know about cancer and the damage it can do. We all have physical health, either good or bad.
In a spiral of doubt
Words that just cant come out
Yet mental health still seems different. You suffer from mental health in a way you don’t ‘suffer’ with physical health. There is still a stigma that isn’t there for other illnesses and conditions. SAMH say one in four will have a mental health ‘problem’, but we all have mental health, either good or bad.
The only sound you can hear
Surrounded by you fear
According to the latest statistics, between July and September this year, over 4,000 children and young people started treatment at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Scotland. That is almost 50 a day. This doesn’t include those waiting to start but can’t yet access the service, nor those who sit and suffer in silence. With exams, peer pressure and yes – social media – the pressures facing young people are significant.
Before the start
Together yet apart
We need to get better at talking about mental health, as friends, as family, as politicians and activists.
To start with, visit SAMH here.