The 10th October marks Mental Health Awareness Day. My thoughts are with those that have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health issues. This date also marks my first date with Fiona in 2005 (15 years ago, married and two children later). She helped me overcome a three-year spell of depression, which only began around seven years after the accident.
Mental health issues can affect anyone, and it is so important that people suffering get the help and support they need. I suffered mental health issues because of a long recovery process, the effects my accident had on my overall health, appearance, and future job prospects. As a result, my confidence was affected. My depression also affected my family. They began to worry about my mental state and negative outlook on my future.
This year has seen a huge increase in the number of people struggling with their mental health as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Months of lockdown and job uncertainty has caused anxiety, stress and worry, depression, and sometimes, loneliness. No matter where a person’s mental health issues arise from, I would urge everyone to seek help and don’t suffer alone.
As a safety speaker, I am keen to share my experiences of mental health issues in my safety awareness presentation. I hope my experience can help others.
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