Mental Health – The Issue That No One Wants To Talk About

Mental health can affect anyone, irrelevant of age, sex or background with devastating results. Women and young girls seem to be in the news with mental health issues – a recent report in England has stated that the number of teenage girls self-harming has doubled in the past few years. But the real reason is that females are more open to talk about mental health issues, when males are not.

Teenage girls admitted to hospital as a result of self-harming has almost doubled.

One girl had been self-harming for the past 2 years, resulting in numerous hospital visits; this was a direct result of social media and peer pressure, with magazines showing the picture perfect body. A girl thinking this is the norm, start feeling depressed, they may encounter bullying and the dark cloud descends which they feel they can only solve by self-harming.

England’s NHS figures for mental facilities has documented that teenage girls up to eighteen have been admitted to a facility 13,462 times in 2017, this is a huge increase from 7,326 admissions in 1997. There is a noticeable increase in self-injury in England around the time leading up to exams, as the teenagers bottle all their problems up and do not know what to do.

However in males, the rise has stayed the same in hospital admissions, which was approximately 2,000 for the past 19 years, but as it has come to light recently males tend to commit suicide instead of talking about problems.

I was recently admitted to a facility and I had dark moments, which I tried to commit suicide by hanging myself on a TV in my hospital room, but fortunately the TV was protected by a suicide resistant TV enclosure (http://www.lcdtvenclosure.com/anti-ligature-tv-enclosure/suicide-resistant-tv-enclosure) and I was unsuccessful as the material I was trying to create a ligature with just slide off the TV box, saving my life.

As a man, I have discovered that we have to talk about mental health issues openly, stop the macho rubbish, if we have an issue talk to a friend, if there is no friend to talk too, speak with your partner, if they are not supportive contact someone like the Samaritans. The number 1 thing I took away from my experience is we all need to talk; you need to speak with people who will listen, without making any judgement.

For how to spot signs of self-harming see here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-harm.