Every year millions of people will have their lives disrupted by a mental health difficulty. In fact current figures tell us that 1 in 4 people in Britain each year will experience at least one diagnosable mental health issue, though not everyone needing help will visit their GP. A mental health illness can happen to anyone, at any time. Some people are born with one, some develop one over time while others may suffer a trauma and suddenly their world looks like a completely different place. Mental health covers a broad spectrum of emotional and psychological issues that affect a person´s mental and physical well-being, from post-natal depression, anxiety, panic attacks to bulimia nervosa.
Mental health problems affect people in different ways so they are often left feeling like they are the only one, isolated and confused.
At Best Life Advocacy we understand the stigma people face that is attached to having a mental health problem. We are keen to fight the stigma by raising awareness of the issues faced by people through providing high quality advocacy for people who may need support to have their voices heard and their rights and choices respected.
Mental health is often portrayed negatively in the media through over reporting on celebrities having ‘break downs and shaving their hair’ and by often highlighting mental health if there is a serious crime committed. This does nothing to fight the huge stigma which is attached to having a mental health illness. Many national organisations including MIND and Rethink have been working hard to challenge attitudes and eradicate stigma. Follow the links provided for more information.
At Best life Advocacy we believe that a mental health illness does not define a person, that everyone has the right to be treated with respect and has a positive contribution to make. We will work hard to help people access the services they may need by working in a person-centred way and putting their feelings, wishes and values at the centre of any decision making.