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Mental health? An invisible disability

Mental health has been neglected for a couple of years and it is starting to raise more awareness as the years go by and is classified as an invisible disability. An invisible disability is a disability that is hidden from the typical definition of a disability. People do not see if someone is facing mental health problems such as anxiety or depression. For years, these kinds of people with mental health problems have been discriminated from society as they have been not allowed to use disability privileges such as bathrooms, parking spacing and disabled seating. I have been exploring into this topic because mental health has always been a huge priority of mine and I see that people often think that having mental health problems is taboo and results in them being labelled as mentally unstable.

People who are facing several types of mental health problem get discriminated because they are not stable enough to be part of society and that is one thing that people assume wrong. According to the Equality Act 2010, mental health problems do count as a type of disability and this can count as a form of discrimination. The World Health Organisation found that millions of individuals have a mental health problem and around 1 million of them commit suicide because of the discrimination they face which is unacceptable.

People with mental health conditions are faced with stigma and exclusion from their peers because of the fact that it is an invisible disability and they do not get support from the government whatsoever which makes this even sadder to face. With awareness increasing over the past few years, people are coming to realise how mental health and problems that occur in individuals means and now there are many people who are advocating for mental health and making sure people take care of their mental health issues.

If you do not know what kind of mental health problems are shown, they include:

· Obsessive Compulsory Disorder (OCD)

· Anxiety

· Depression

· Bipolar Disorders

· Dissociative disorders

· Hoarding

· Loneliness

· Panic attacks

· Paranoia

· Personality disorders


These kinds of mental health issues portray the issue of not being recognised in the public eye and not had enough awareness of it, although that has changed over the past few years.

If you suffer from any invisible disability or any other mental health problems that you want to have a talk about, we are here 24/7 to discuss any problems you may have, or you can go to the following websites and helplines:

Mind UK (https://www.mind.org.uk/)

0208 215 2243

They provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem

Mental Health Foundation

020 7803 1101

Improving the lives of those with mental health problems or learning difficulties.

Together

020 7780 7300

Supports people through mental health services.

The Centre for Mental Health

020 7827 8300

Working to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems.

BACP Find a Therapist Directory

01455 883300

Through the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) you can find out more about counselling services in your area.

PANDAS Foundation

0843 28 98 401 (every day from 9am-8pm)

PANDAS Foundation vision is to support every individual with pre (antenatal), postnatal depression or postnatal psychosis in England, Wales and Scotland. We campaign to raise awareness and remove the stigma. We provide our PANDAS Help Line; Support Groups offer online advice to all and much more.


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