This week in the UK it is Mental Health Awareness Week; from the 14th – 20th May and today I’d like to dedicate this article to increase awareness of mental illness.
For those suffering with a mental health illness and to those who aren’t, this week is incredibly important for everyone to come together to provide support and learn about this topic.
Outside of this week the purpose of this website digital psychology.net is to build a community where people can come and learn about mental illness and the subject of psychology. It is a fascinating topic, therefore I hope this content can help and inspire people of all walks of life.
Most noteworthy, in the press there are big companies that have come out in support of Mental Health Awareness Week. From health, yoga and fitness studios offering free classes with guests speakers, charities come together to provide education on topics like stress…the list goes on. Finally the company I work for (which couldn’t be anymore corporate) has highlighted this week, while promoting their up and coming ‘wellness month’, which is a step in the right direction. Consequently it’s incredibly motivating to see the scale and reach of the Mental Health Awareness Week campaign this year.
‘The workplace is killing people and nobody cares’
Especially relevant is a strong piece of research summarised in this article from the Graduate School of Stanford Business called ‘The workplace is killing people and nobody cares‘. This is quite an intense and shocking title to start but it’s something I’ve been thinking and experiencing for many years now. The effect of stress and sleep deprivation on human beings inflicted by the workplace is not taken seriously enough. Hopefully work like this from Stanford Business School will shock people to listen and start implementing changes on how workers are being mistreated.
Furthermore, I recommend a book by Matthew Walker called ‘Why we sleep: The new science of sleep and dreams’. He highlights in this book that sleep deprivation is linked to a vast array of fatal disease including:
- Development of false memory
- Increased blood pressure
- Higher levels of stress hormone
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Violent behaviour and much more…
I hope this piece of writing is insightful for you and highlights the importance of the topic. I’ve included slightly more shocking reasons why mental health is so important today due to the scale and scope of the problem. Acknowledging and learning how to support people with mental health illnesses throughout schools, work and at home will hopefully generate a healthier, brighter future.
Please comment below and let me know your thoughts and experience so far of Mental Health Awareness Week.