Wake Up!

Time To Wake Up!

Wake up people!  To all the friends and family members reading this, to the general public who think they know no one with depression, anxiety or other mental health issues, wake up!

We live in a world that is broken.  People struggle every single day in a myriad of different ways.  Financial stresses, housing problems, health problems that are both physical and mental and so much more.  I guarantee you right here, right now that as you’re reading this, someone you know is struggling with something.

But what do we do about it?

The time has come for us to wake up.  We need to get up, get active and start making a difference in this world!  After all, who else is going to do it?

The World of Mental Health

In our world, mental health is still highly stigmatised.  Around the world, people live with crippling mental health conditions that they keep hidden, fearing that others will treat them differently because of it.  People die from suicide every single day!  The average age for people starting to struggle with mental health issues like depression and anxiety is steadily going down, rapidly approaching pre-school ages!  Some even suggest it can affect preschoolers.  So at which point do we make the change?

To you, friends and family, we need to get behind people who are struggling.  We need to let them know they’re not alone and that they can rely on us for support.  Moreover, we need to recognise that it’s a long-term issue, one that won’t be fixed overnight.  We need to wake up to this!  Wake up!  Ostracising your family member or persecuting your friend for having depression won’t make them any better.  Refusing to acknowledge the problem won’t help them.  Only by offering your support will they get better.

To you, the people who believe you know no one who struggles with mental health, I call you out on that.  In the UK alone, 1 in 4 people struggle with mental health issues.  That guarantees that you know someone who is struggling.  Whether you want to admit it or not, you know someone.  Wake up!  Do you hear me?  Wake up and realise that you know someone who has depression or anxiety or some other mental illness.

Wake Up and Make the Change

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, the onus is on us!  We need to get up and make the change because no one will do it for us.  We need to wake up and realise that the only people who can make a difference, the only people whose job it actually is, is you and me.

That’s right: you and me.

No one else is going to do it.  And you know what?  It isn’t a job for anyone else.  Friends, family members, employers, support workers, government employees, whatever your walk in life, it is up to YOU to do it.  You need to campaign for better mental health services, you need to realise that it is a serious issue, you need to start making the change now.

Not tomorrow.

Not next year.



You never know…someone’s life might depend on it.

So wake up!

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Become a PatronDisclaimer: I am not an expert, nor am I medically qualified.  This blog is based on my personal experiences only.  Always seek medical advice in the first instance.

Author: Alex Davies

Alex Davies is the creator and writer for Pushing Back the Shadows. Find out more about his journey here and connect with him on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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