Thank you for choosing to support the Mental Health Foundation
Thank you for choosing to support the Mental Health Foundation.
Our vision is that we make the same progress for the health of our minds that we have achieved for the health of our bodies.
Our mission is to help people understand, protect and sustain good mental health.
The Mental Health Foundation is working to create a revolution – a prevention revolution. It is time to find and address the sources of mental health problems, stop them happening in the first place and stop them reappearing.
Thank you for joining us.
The defining social challenge of our time is the unacceptable and growing level of mental ill health. In the UK, in any given year, one in four of us experience mental health problems. The economic cost of this to the UK is calculated to be over £100 billion each year - approximately the same as the entire NHS England budget in 2015/16.
You are helping us transform the future for the next generation. You are playing your part in the prevention revolution. You are helping people just like Delano to live life to the full:
Dalano: How connection saved my life
I was around 11 years old when I began to believe life would be easier for me and for everyone around me if I just – wasn’t around. Heavy I know. I didn’t have a clear idea of what "not being around" would look like, that came later. At that point, that thought was the fire I played with, the tip of the iceberg, and it surely did snowball.
From my pre-teens to my early twenties, I was depressed. A lot of the depression I felt was from the feeling of failing under the crushing weight of expectation. The desperation I felt trying to reach and meet the targets I had looming over my head and the hopelessness that sinks in with a part of me knowing that I would never meet these expectations even if I didn’t know why.
Depression is numbness and isolation.
When I felt isolated, I felt like I couldn’t get connection and felt cut off. I think when this happens, your mind fills in the gaps and comes up with its own reasons for why things are the way they are, you start a self-destructive process of picking yourself apart and finding faults within yourself without even realising that this is what you’re doing.
That’s when I realised that a lot of what I wanted and didn’t want had to do with people. I wanted to be included by people; I wanted to be heard by people and to feel seen by people. I wanted people to understand the depths of my despair. I wanted them to understand just how deeply it ran. That’s when I realised connection was the key to overcoming my depression because that’s when I finally realised what I really wanted.
Right now, I feel empowered by the people who I have around me; they don’t let my depression define me. I know that depression and feelings of hopelessness do not define me, more importantly, they don’t stop me from living life.
Not being connected to others can be as bad for your health as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day.
Just like Dalano we believe relationships are the missing piece in the wellbeing puzzle the Mental Health Foundation tackles mental health problems at their source, we focus on issues that create high risks and know that mental health matters to us all, throughout our lives.
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