Our young adult community has shared invaluable content related to mental health awareness and the recently published “Healthy Minds” report.
Over Mental Health Awareness week, the online platforms of our young adult community have been sharing content related to mental health awareness and the findings from the “Healthy Minds” report.
The “Healthy Minds” project aimed to tackle questions such as: “What are the mental health issues faced by members of the UC community?”, “What would be a Principled perspective on mental health?”, “How do we raise awareness and enhance education for members on relevant mental health issues?” and “How can we support sufferers and carers of those with mental health issues?”.
Here are the key findings from the report and why they are so relevant to our community:
The prevalence of mental health issues within the UC* are similar to that of the general public. *UK and Germany
1 in 3 individuals have sought professional support for their mental health (approximately).
1 in 5 have a diagnosable mental health condition (approximately).
“Importantly, mental health issues are not unique to the UC, but equally being a member of a blessed family does not make one immune to it.” (Healthy Minds Report)
“Mental health is a very real and serious issue that faces a considerable portion of the UC community.” (Healthy Minds Report)
Beyond our community, in both the UK and Germany it is estimated that 1 in 4 individuals will experience some form of mental ill-health in any given year.
Our young adult community has also shared some insightful advice on mental health treatments:
UC members should not fear seeking professional help
- Seeking professional support does not necessarily mean one will receive a mental health diagnosis.
- You will be more likely to give yourself the opportunity to receive helpful treatment.
- The majority of people who received treatment described their experience as helpful.
Talking to a professional is helpful
- The majority of individuals described their experience of talking-therapy as helpful.
- Spirituality and religion are practices that are increasingly being embraced within the field of psychological therapy.
Taking medication can be helpful
- Overall, many individuals also described their experiences of taking medication as helpful. This was particularly the case for those who were offered talking-therapy alongside medication.
- Medication is usually offered alongside talking-therapy.
- Individuals who are only offered medication should be encouraged to communicate with their doctor if they would like to receive talking-therapy. Alternatively, they should be socially and potentially even financially supported to seek private care.
Get help early
- Don’t suffer in silence.
- In the UK half of all mental health problems have been established by the age of 14, with this figure rising to 75% by the age of 24 (NHS England, 2017).
- For instances of anxiety, individuals delay seeking help by between three and 30 years.
- That so many second generation do not recognise the severity of their mental ill-health is potentially very serious.
- Take your mental ill-health seriously and seek appropriate professional support.
- Talking-therapy can be affordable, with many charities and employers providing schemes to enable low-income individuals to get appropriate care.
So where do we go from here? @SociallySpiritual has also created some useful graphics which present what steps our community can take to raise mental health awareness and support those in need.
We would like to thank Carmel Mould, who on behalf of our Young Adult Community, for creating this content. If you want to keep updated with young adult activities, check out their Instagram or Facebook page.
And for those interested in reading the full “Healthy Minds” report, click here.