A few years ago now I got diagnosed with mental health problems. At the time I was pretty embarrassed of it, and didn't really speak up much about it. Once I decided to I learnt that actually a lot of my friends had similar problems, and really there isn't much of a stigma around them.
In fact mental health is a lot more common than I first thought, with 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental illness each year. But still there's not a lot of awareness of mental health issues. I know personally I've struggled in the past to get help for mine, and I've found it's often because there's a lack of funding or research into mental health in young people. It often felt like I was fighting a never ending battle with my GP to even be put forward for CBT, and I honestly think it's down to a lack of awareness, and I know a lot of my friends have had similar problems.
I came across this infographic from MQ Mental Health Charity and thought it raised some interesting points about mental health, particularly about the funding constraints meaning that some people aren't receiving the treatment and support that they need.
MQ Mental Health are a charity that are all about understanding mental health, ensuring that it is treated, and ultimately prevented. And with the help of their supporters they can understand better mental health. Personally I am very keen to get involved with with supporting such a great charity, if you'd like to as well you can find more information here.