Mental Health Awareness Week
8th-14th May 2017
According to charity ‘Mind’, one in four people in the UK will experience some kind of mental health problem each year.
Recent months celebrities such as Lady Gaga & Prince Harry have been opening up & raising awareness of mental health & PTSD. The rise of mental health issues in teenagers is something we at Small Green Shoots see first hand and wanted to make people aware of in our way.
Creativity is proven to be positive for wellbeing and cathartic way to express yourself and your feelings. Many artists and musicians we work with and look up to have had the confidence to discuss something as personal as struggling with their mental health with us, their fans & the world.
Adele apparently hired a therapist for her latest tour where she performed at the o2 & headliner at Glastonbury, in a bid to help her panic attacks & anxiety.
“I have anxiety attacks, constant panicking on stage, my heart feels like it’s going to explode because I never feel like I’m going to deliver, ever,” Adele told Q magazine, before explaining that she couldn’t envisage herself playing a festival or an arena show. “The thought of an audience that big frightens the life out of me. I’d hate to book a festival and have a f**king anxiety attack and then not go on stage.”
Earlier this year Stomzy spoke up about his struggle with depression & his previous misconceptions about mental health, imploring his fans to feel comfortable looking for help.
“If there’s anyone out there going through depression I think for them to see that I went through it would help.”
“That was a world that was so alien to me,” Stormzy tells the interviewer, “I just used to think you get up, march on.” He goes on to discuss his own deliberations about including his battles with depression on the album. He says that what convinced him and motivated him to speak about it on the album was the hope that young fans seeing his recovery would help.
Singer Denai drew on her struggles with anxiety to find a way to discuss mental health in this engaging way with her fans that was relatable, stating :
“I’ve never written about this before and it was a massive weight off my shoulders,” she says, “I’ve always wanted to write about it, and I think a lot of people can relate to it because people are more open now about mental health issues. I think it is empowering.”
Olly Alexander (Years & Years frontman) –
Olly has spoken about his struggles with eating disorders, self-harm, depression & bulimia, as well as his experiences with treatment. This is extremely relevant considering the significant increase in the number of men & boys treated for eating disorders in the UK over the last 3 year. At 27% is its double the rise recorded among women & girls, though there are still far more females treated for the disorder.
“The likelihood is that you or someone you know closely will suffer from a mental health condition in your lifetime,” Olly said in an interview with author Owen Jones. “It’s like any other part of your body – your mental health gets sick, and it needs treatment.”
Olly shared with Owen Jones how he found CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) a helpful tool for dealing with anxiety and panic disorder. He also wants to help break down the stigma attached to mental illness.
“It’s part of who I am now – in a positive way,” he said. “I look at it in a positive way.”
Last year, British singer Laura Mvula discussed with The Guardian her acute anxiety disorder & panic attacks which were especially high when she was left alone, stating,
“This anxiety thing is something that has dictated my life,”
Laura is now working towards overcoming this disorder sharing a powerful message about her mental health progress on Instagram.
“Anxiety is a subject most people do not talk enough about,” one user wrote. “I struggle with anxiety as well…I’m on a plane right now and that’s when I’m challenged most. One step and one journey at a time.”
For help with anxiety: http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-o…
For help with depression: http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-o…
For help with eating disorders: http://helpfinder.b-eat.co.uk/
For help with alcoholism: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol/Pages/Alcoholsu…