As I’m sure you’re aware Gav Bache, a much loved and well-respected resident of Kinver, recently took his own life.
What this highlights is that mental health is something we should all watch out for. It’s something that should be taken seriously, and if you feel you’re suffering, something you should seek help with.
Life is full of ups and downs, this is natural, but often it can get overwhelming. It can begin to affect our friendships, our work and our relationships.
Don’t feel you have to suffer in silence. There is no stigma to feeling down, and no shame in reaching out to someone.
World Mental Health Day 10th October 2017
Mental health is a worldwide problem. On the 10th October, World Mental Health Day aims to highlight the issues, and more importantly, provide help for those that need it.
Mind is the UK charity that provides help and support to anyone experiencing mental health problems, and they have branches locally.
Check out their website for information about World Mental Health Day here: https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/world-mental-health-day/
You can also call them on weekdays 9am – 6pm : 0300 123 3393
Exercise can help
Have you heard of Forest Bathing? Me neither until I researched this article.
It’s the simple practice of taking a short walk through a forest, and it has been shown to help people with anxiety.
Where better to do that than Kinver?
We have miles of walks through some stunning countryside and as well as giving us time to reflect, it also helps keep us fit.
Want work up more of a sweat?
Kinver Fitness Collective is a group of people who meet regularly to run, ride and walk around the area.
There are no fitness level requirements, all are welcome.
Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/425676594241257/
Talk to someone
Kinver also has a network of people who are there for you in your time of need.
When he heard of the passing of Gav, Brian Ashmead sent me the following:
Younger people can have very different issues that cause them anxiety and depression, and there is help available for them, too.
The YoungMinds website provides advice and assistance for young adults and children: https://youngminds.org.uk/
They also have a helpline: 0808 802 5544
Mental Health Foundation
If you want to learn more about mental health, and find more hints and tips on looking after yourself, then the Mental Health Foundation website has lots of information:
You can also text TIPS to 70300 and they’ll send you free tips on good mental health.
What to do if you suspect a friend is suffering
It’s hard to know when a friend or relative is having issues with mental health, but we can all help by simply taking time to listen.
We can also be considerate in our actions.
Anxiety and depression is not just sadness. It’s not just about “cheering up.”
If you think someone needs help, check out this web page:
Don’t suffer in silence
Above all, never think that you are alone.
You are not.
Kinver is a great community with many people who are willing to help.