I’m very sorry for my protracted absence. ‘What have you been doing?’ you ask? Well I have been working away at University (I just received official confirmation of my semester one results yesterday, which make me happy), keeping up with family and friends, reading, learning a bit more Turkish (though I must confess I learn more how to sing Turkish songs than I do my basic words, but I did recently learn how to say ‘great’ (‘harika’) and ‘congratulations’ (‘tebrikler’)) and more! I’ve also recently signed up to a short online course, which excites me. I have essays due in the not-so distant future, and revision to do for an exam in the Summer, so I’m going to be very busy. That won’t completely stop me from blogging though! I just need to manage my time well.
Without further ado, I shall now give you a short blog post:
Did you know that today, the 3rd of March, is University Mental Health Awareness Day in the UK? This post will not just be directed at University students though – it’s directed at anybody and everybody. Your mental health is extremely important, and should be treated as such.
If you’re having worrying thoughts or changes in mood, I highly recommend that you talk to at least one of the following people:
- A family member/ carer
- A friend
- Your doctor
- Support staff at your school/ sixth form/ college/ University/ workplace
- A colleague/ manager
- Your personal tutor at school/ sixth form/ college/ University
- Your Programme Leader (at University)
- Your Student Representative (at University, though a similar thing exists in schools as a school buddy).
- The Samaritans
There is such a wealth of support, and these people should be willing to help you, even if it’s to direct you onto a more suitable person. You have nothing to feel ashamed or embarrassed about, although I understand it is easy to feel that way. If one of these people dismisses your issue, please don’t be disheartened. They just might not know how to respond correctly. Instead, talk to somebody else.
But how should one respond, ideally? This is something we need to learn how to do, if we don’t already naturally do it. We need to be patient, attentive, and unassuming. This means listening to the person, not rushing them, and not putting words in their mouths. In fact, talking might not be the method somebody wants to use to initially communicate a problem to you. They may want to write it down, or even draw a picture instead. What should then happen, is that you direct the person onto somebody more suitable e.g. a support staff member or a doctor. If you don’t know who to direct them to, it’s okay to ask somebody, ‘If you’re having a personal issue, who do you go to?’
Always remember this: personal issues do not define you, or any person. There are many inspiring, good people with fantastic aspirations who struggle – they just need some extra support to help them.
P.S. – The end of this month will mark one year since I set up this blog, so you can expect a post on the one-year date too, and maybe another post for good measure!