Mental Health Awareness Week.

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16th May - 22nd May.

What is considered 'mental health' and 'mental illness'?
Mental Health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises their own
potential. Positive Mental Health is known as being able to cope with stress, do daily tasks
 as normal as possible, and working productively, whereas negative is the opposite of 
these things. Your mental health can change between positive and negative as you move 
through different stages of the life cycle. Mental Illnesses are attached to negative mental 
health. Some examples are anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia and many many more. There is a 
massive stigma towards mental health, hence people feel very uncomfortable showing or 
talking about them, or many people may feel comfortable being around people with 
mental illnesses, although it is healthier to know and say how you are feeling.

Who can get them?
Anyone of any age can get a mental illness. They can be biological or can develop through 
environmental factors(stress,drug abuse etc) or traumatic events.

Around 20% of the world's youth have mental disorders. There are atleast 8.2 million cases
of anxiety in the UK. Suicide is the most common cause of death in young men. Many of 
the cases found most of the men had mental illness problems. Mental Health problems are 
one of the main causes of overall disease burden worldwide.

Famous People with Mental Illness

- Carrie Fisher (Bipolar Disorder)
- Catherine Zeta Jones (Bipolar)
- Abraham Lincoln (Clinical Depression)
- Billy Joel (Clinical depession)
- Elton John (Bulimia)
- Princess Diana (Bulimia and Depression)
- Winston Churchill (Bipolar)

Some Useful Links:

Suicide Helpline (UK): 116 123
Suicide Helpline (USA): 1800-784-243
Suicide Helpline (AUS): 0893 81 5555

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