"Forget Mental Health Awareness Day"
I wanted to take a quick opportunity to write about Mental Health Awareness Day at Warwick. The fact that, at the time of writing this there are 1, 559 people invited and only 222 going on the Facebook event is symptomatic, to me, of Warwick's problem.
"Screw these basket cases. I'm not crying in bed like a pussy. I don't give a fuck."
"If It's not feminism or gay pride it's mental health awareness - the SU are always trying to ram some politically-correct bullshit down our necks."
"Yeah, it's sad. But I've got more important things to do. And besides, I don't want people to think there's something wrong with me because I went!"
I'd hazard a guess that a woefully high number of people fall in to one of those camps. Or something like one or more of them.
Mental Health Awareness Day is important because it concerns our disabled and ill students. You wouldn't have the attitude "fuck ramps and lifts" for our fellow students who require reasonable adjustments for access. So stop having the attitude that if you ignore mental health, it's not an issue!
This day is really important for any and every Warwick student. Regardless of how knowledgeable or altruistic you are, you can always be better. Mental illnesses are due to become the leading cause of disability in our lifetimes according to the World Health Organisation. Suicide is already the leading cause of death in young males in this country. So it's about time we started thinking about it.
Mental health is not a grim and dark spectre. It's just another aspect of your well-being: you need to eat 5-a-day, you need to exercise regularly, you need to have good sleep routines and you need to keep on top of your mental health. It's that simple.
1 in 4 people suffer with a mental health issue each year. And that's just the ones we know about. So chances are that either you, your best friend or a member of your family will have some mental health issues at some point. Would you rather know nothing about mental health and have to run around like a panicked headless chicken on speed trying to find out stuff when it matters, or be supportive of disabled students and at to your human empathy levels now?
So, in closing: