Yesterday was World Mental Health Day and as you may well know, we are enormous advocates for mental health awareness and support. But this year, with our friends at Chasing the Stigma, we took a step back and remained silent.
In fact, if you look at our social channels from yesterday, you will notice that all we posted yesterday was a simple graphic reading “Everyday”.
You see we’re behind talking about mental health openly and honestly, our team are all trained Ambassadors of Hope and we know that awareness needs to be raised. But it needs to happen every day. Every. Single. Day.
Because everyday, people are struggling to get the help they need. Even when they do find the courage to speak to their doctor they are finding themselves put on long referral waiting lists. Lists that get longer every day. Every day, people fall through the cracks and take their own lives.
We’re talking more and our awareness days are being championed by charities, government and global corporations. Wellbeing and mental health are on the agenda in workplaces and schools - yet the situation with provision of care is getting worse - not better.
But on a positive note there are organisations, individuals and services working hard every single day to help improve the lives of people suffering mental health issues. Organisations like Chasing the Stigma, who we proudly work alongside to deliver the Hub of Hope app.
The Hub of Hope has signposted more than 50,000 people to relevant and vital mental health support since its inception in 2017. It has directed thousands of people to those organisations that work 365 days a year to help people who are struggling to get the help they need when and where they need it.
Awareness days are great, but they must be part of a bigger movement, which involves action everyday.