I know I have published a few articles talking about mental health and raising awareness and I know they may seem samey, but the more we talk, the more we share and connect and show support we can break the stigma and possibly save a life, by giving someone the strength to talk about it.

Today I have seen a trend on social media called #ITSOKAYTOTALK this aims to bring the numbers of suicide down and for people to get talking about mental health. It is so important, as suicide is the biggest killer of men aged under 45. In 2014 4623 men took their own life. Now that it is a ridiculously large number for this day and age. That is 12 men every day! EVERY DAY. 1 every 2 hours. This trend involves taking a selfie with the 'ok' sign.

I have been talking to everyone in my pub and taking photos with the ok sign with everyone to tell people to talk about mental health, and they were happy to engage in the chat. This is important, the more people that understand and are aware and hear us talking about it the more people who will feel like it’s okay for them to share, okay for them to reach out for help.

In the news, Oscar Pistorius has been rushed to hospital due to cuts on his wrist due to suffering from mental health issues. This does raise awareness of the severity of mental health issues and the need to talk about them, BUT then the media have turned it around and said it was because he fell out of bed. Does this not bring shame to mental health, as if you cannot talk about it and is you have to pretend it is something else?

Take a selfie with the okay sign, spread the word, share the love.

If you need, talk to the Samaritans:

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Published by Katy-Jane Pitt