Mental Health Awareness
In light of October 10th being Mental Health Day, I wanted to take the opportunity to share some of my experiences and sources of information, that I have found useful.
With Love Lucy (Founder, Aspiga)
This autumn we have started working with the Charlie Waller Trust, a mental health charity that aims to promote a greater understanding of mental health by providing people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to look out for themselves and the people around them. Supporting our team at Aspiga is central to the ethos of our brand; people and planet are what drive us, which is why this partnership means so much.
Mental Health Awareness
Raising awareness of Mental Health is another issue very close to my heart, and once again I am thrilled that people are a lot more open now than they were even a few years ago. As a company, we are working towards supporting our staff as much as we can, communicating that we are an open organisation where people should feel able to come forward with their problems. Too many people suffer silently from issues that they may not want to address or may not be able to and it is really important to open up this communication channel and encourage conversation and support, for those who need it.
At a time when there are so many ways to stay connected, people are feeling lonelier than ever. One in four adults feel lonely which can really impact on mental health and happiness.
Having recently been diagnosed with ADHD, it has opened my eyes to how people function, how different we all are and what support some people may need. This is a new journey for me and one I wish I had been on earlier (what a difference it would have made had I been diagnosed as a child, who instead sat distracted or distracting and misunderstood in a classroom). ADHD definitely has some super powers (many entrepreneurs have it), but it is also very challenging and exhausting for yourself (and others to be around). I spend hours trying to find things I have lost, overflowing my bath, boiling eggs dry etc and my personal life is lived at a fast past and in a constant state of chaos. I can’t wait to start my recently prescribed drugs.
It is estimated that 1 in 7 people are neurodivergent (more than 15% in the UK) meaning that their brain functions, learns and processes information differently. No two brains are the same and to be neurodivergent means that the brain works differently to the ‘neurotypical’ person. Neurodivergence includes a range of conditions such as ADHD, autism, dyspraxia, Bi-polar, dyslexia and autism.
If you, or anyone you know, thinks they may have any of these conditions then please do seek help and look into getting a diagnosis (as it can make all the difference). There are lots of websites and counsellors out there that can help and if anxiety is a problem, the most important thing is we are all honest to ourselves and look out for others. Please see the below for some useful links.
Better Help Online Counselling
ADHD Life Coaching