Running for my mind
Mental health charity; Mind, have been campaigning for changes in how we understand and react to mental health for over 70 years. They aim to bring the importance of mental health to attention. Accident Line Direct agree, we want everyone suffering from a mental health problem to receive support.
Accident Line Direct aim to help those who have suffered personal injury from an accident. Personal injury includes physical harm but also psychological damages too. Following an accident, the physical injuries will heal but often the mental effects from the trauma of the accident can be the most damaging and debilitating injury of all.
People may also experience personal injury whilst receiving psychiatric care, psychotherapy or counselling. This is known as clinical negligence, and even though the majority of healthcare professionals operate with the highest quality of care, it is important to know your rights. Mind has an excellent resource page on Clinical Negligence which you can read here.
Mental health, like physical health, is likely to be affected at some point in our lives, but the outward, visible symptoms of a physical illness make it far more accepted and recognised. But just because you can’t see Mental Health, does not mean it doesn’t exist.
In 2016/17, the Health and Saftey Executive reported that over 12.5 million working days were lost due to stress, depression or anxiety. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health disorders in Britain, with 4-10% of people in England experiencing depression once in their lifetime. Despite 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem each year, it is estimated that only 25% of them will receive support.
The biggest single killer of men in the UK is STILL suicide. The fact that a social expectation for men to bury their issues and not talk about their problems is so pervasive that it is the biggest cause of death for under 45-year-olds, is unbelievably tragic. But we shouldn’t be sad, we should be angry. Workplace policies, social norms, government legislation and NHS mental health services have all contributed to a gargantuan knot of discrimination and lack of support for people suffering from mental health issues.
But there is a group, out there in the depths of all our hard-won denial, campaigning for change and providing help to those with nowhere else to turn – mental health charity; Mind. Mind has an ethos – they won’t give up till everyone experiencing mental health problems receives support and respect.
I want to show my support to such an influential charity and to help raise awareness by talking about mental health. Running has been linked with a reduction in the bodies stress hormones, cortisol, and adrenaline. Not only does it help to reduce stress but it can also give a feel-good factor and a sense of achievement.
Many of us credit running with good mental health so what better way to show support to Mind, by running the Swansea Half Marathon. You can follow my story on Facebook and on this blog where I will be posting regular updates about training, mental health, and how you can claim for compensation if you have suffered psychological damages as a result of an accident.