This year, Divas of Colour is campaigning to raise awareness on mental health issues, spread knowledge and information within Black and ethnic minority communities, especially women. That is why we want you women to take the pledge to #MindYourMind.
The #MindYourMind Campaign simply is asking women of colour to stop being ‘strong’ and start seeking for help when they need it.
The pledge is available in large print and also for your wall hanging or for your desk top. Donate today and request for your printed copy.
In our community, mental health is still heavily stigmatised and seen as an omen. So many deny and are reluctant to speak out on their mental statues or how they feel at a time for fear of being isolated or stigmatised. We want people to know that;
Mental health illness is not different from malaria, or any other illness. It is not your fault or sin that caused your mental breakdown rather your hiding and denying it will make it worse. Mental illness doesn’t care who you are, what you want to achieve or whether you have kids or elderly parents to care for. It will strike if you do not #MindYourMind.
THIS PLEDGE IS AVAILABLE IN PRINT and stickers. Request or your copy by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Twitter: @Divasofcolour . Join the convo with #MindYourMind.
Source: Mental Health Statistics
Mental health problems are a growing public health concern. They are prevalent not just in the UK, but around the world.
Mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide.1
Mental health and behavioural problems (e.g. depression, anxiety and drug use) are reported to be the primary drivers of disability worldwide, causing over 40 million years of disability in 20 to 29-year-olds.2
Major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide and ischemic heart disease.3
It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem4
Where to get help?
•Talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling – don’t suffer in silence
•If it’s become a long-term problem, see your GP – you may need medication
•Help yourself by getting some exercise, eating healthily and doing things you enjoy
•If the depression has been continuing for some time, you may need to be referred for therapy or counselling
Donate towards the campaign.
Your donation will help us to run the campaign from now till March 2018 and organise the conference, including securing venue, marketing and awareness material as well as raising fund for our chosen charities.