PTSD UK and Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

PTSD UK and Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

Created in 2001 by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event aiming to educate the public and raise awareness of mental health issues, helping to promote better mental health.

This year, the event runs from 14th-20th May and is looking at the relationship between stress and mental health. Recent research has discovered that two-thirds of us experience a mental health problem at some point in our lifetimes and that stress can be a fundamental trigger for more serious issues.

What is Mental Health?

Every one of us has our mental health, which we need to nurture and maintain just as we do our physical health. Good mental health is an asset that helps us to thrive. It isn’t just about the absence of a mental health problem; positive mental health is also about the ability to think, feel, and act in a way that allows us to enjoy life, and efficiently deal with the challenges it presents.

It can be simple to assume that ongoing stress is the price we must pay to keep our lives on track, especially in the busy, modern world. It is time to challenge that assumption.

Although small amounts of stress, from time to time, isn’t a mental health problem in and of itself; too much can be a cause of other difficulties including anxiety and depression, and even self-harm and suicide. Helping people to deal more effectively with stress can help improve the overall mental health of our society.

Nearly two-thirds of people (65%) say that they have experienced a mental health problem. This number rises to 7 in every 10 women, young adults aged 18-34, and people living alone.

The current low number of people in this country who rate their mental health as good is worrying. The barometer of success of any nation is the health and well-being of its people, and we believe that the UK has a long way to go before we can say we are thriving. Although we have made great strides in the health of our bodies and our life expectancy, we now need to achieve the same for the health of our minds.

PTSD and Stress

PTSD UK is a charity focussed on raising awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; its symptoms and causes, and what effective treatments are available. The information on our website aims to support people who have PTSD, their families and friends, and others who are concerned that they might have a problem, or just feel like something is not quite right. We try to help people living with PTSD understand that what they are feeling is normal, and offer help and support to assist them in their recovery.

By its very nature, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is caused by a traumatic event – but not every person who experiences trauma will go on to develop ongoing (chronic) or even short-term (acute) PTSD. Not every individual who has PTSD has been through a significant or dangerous event. Some experiences, such as a sudden, unexpected death of a loved one, can cause enough trauma and stress to trigger PTSD by themselves. People who have PTSD may feel frightened or stressed even when they are not in danger.

So, this Mental Health Awareness Week, please take a few moments to talk to a friend or loved one, find out more about mental health issues, or share a post online. You never know who might benefit from it.


REFERENCES: Mental Health, Mental Health

Rebellious Rebirth – Oran: Guest Blog

Rebellious Rebirth – Oran: Guest Blog In this moving guest blog, PTSD UK Supporter Oran shares her personal story after a traumatic event brought childhood traumas to the surface. Dealing with Complex PTSD, Oran found solace in grounding techniques and

Read More »

Ralph Fiennes – Trigger Warnings Response

Guest Blog: Response to Ralph Fiennes – Trigger warnings in theatres This thought-provoking article has been written for PTSD UK by one of our supporters, Alex C, and addresses Ralph Fiennes’ recent remarks on trigger warnings in Theatre. Alex sheds

Read More »

Please don’t tell me I’m brave

Guest Blog: Living With PTSD – Please don’t tell me I’m brave ‘Adapting to living in the wake of trauma can mean maybe you aren’t ready to hear positive affirmations, and that’s ok too.’ and at PTSD UK, we wholeheartedly

Read More »

Emotional Flashbacks – Rachel

Emotional Flashbacks: Putting Words to a Lifetime of Confusing Feelings PTSD UK was founded with the desire to do what was possible to make sure nobody ever felt as alone, isolated or helpless as our Founder did in the midst

Read More »

Morning Mile March Challenge

events | walk PTSD UK’s Morning Mile March Challenge Sign up now PTSD UK’s Morning Mile March Challenge The challenge We all know ‘exercise is good for you’, and even a small amount can make a big difference. There are

Read More »

Are you looking to fundraise for PTSD UK?

THANK YOU!!  We are a small charity so our main goals at the moment are to increase awareness that we exist (so people can get the support and information they need) and to maximise fundraising to allow us to achieve our mission of supporting everyone in the UK affected by PTSD, no matter the trauma that caused it.