A blog looking at my experiences with people suffering from depression and people who self-harm.
The journalism illustrated in this blog is a combination of statistics and personal opinion: Fact and interpretation. It’s important to understand the impact of mental health and the expansive grip it has on the majority of the population, especially the new generations. So, if it affects you, find help here: https://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/suicide/
Firstly, I always gravitated towards a philosophy that recent generations of human beings are far more at risk of depression and environmental mental health detriments. The evolution of interconnectivity and social media has created an exposure of information and ideals. Though this is positive in certain aspects, the influence on a developing mind has created a group of young adults that struggle. News and reporting expose a considerable amount of evil, so much so that press structure has created the convention of human-interest stories in order to take the edge off the depressing nature of the news. Not only evil, but a more general light is shone onto the imperfections and immoral inclinations of our fellow humans. That is certainly an opinion I hold, and I believe has an influence on people mental health.
Approximately 280 million people in the world have depression, statistics provided by WHO (World Health Organisation): https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression. Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death in 15–29-year-olds. The experiences I have had certainly support this evidence, often engaging with individuals who do not want to live and interacting with severely depressed people.
In 2020 there was 4912 suicides recorded in the UK, with the suicide rate being 3 times higher for men in comparison to women. The statistics are also recorded regionally, showing the Northeast of England as the worst place in terms of a high suicide rate. This has been consistent in five out of the last 10 years of recorded data.
In my experience the stigma and negligence regarding mental health is exacerbated by the lack of understanding in the older generations. Often parents have an inability to comprehend depression or anxiety due to being raised in a very different world. That lack of understanding is further apparent the older the family members; because of the technological development, there has never been a larger difference between young adults and their grandparents. That has led to a lack of support and understanding from family, and it has created an unstable youth with real problems.
I know multiple people with private therapists, and they need to be private because it is nearly impossible to be allocated a therapist with the NHS, and I have spoken to a private therapist recently. They are the most useful and effective methods to help alleviate mental health detriments. But it is not uncommon for young people to have a weekly meeting with a therapist to discuss the prior week.
12.1% of the population receives treatment for mental health, with 10.4% taking medication and pills. The most common treatments for depression or anxiety are sertraline and citalopram. General practitioners are perhaps too eager to hand out these types of medication as from my experience, they are happy to prescribe them with ease.
I believe anti-depressants are a good stabiliser, not generating happiness but also stopping the bad days from being so bad, which allows a foundation to be laid through therapy and routine. Stigma and negligence need to be put aside for universal basic human compassion.
Find more statistics here : https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/statistics/mental-health-statistics-people-seeking-help