Kate Livingstone: Taking good care of our mental health

"Almost exactly like our physical health mental health requires hard work repair and maintenance said the athlete

The footballer, who has been very vocal about mental health awareness, took to Twitter to open up about her depression and shared a message for all those suffering.

Mrs. Blake used the occasion to encourage citizens and residents to wear something green - the worldwide colour for mental health awareness -Thursday in a show of support for World Mental Health Day and mental health awareness and highlighted a fair in Nevis focusing on mental health issues Friday.

I know from speaking to Emma that mental health is also a subject being widely discussed in primary schools with both Jack and Sophie regularly taking part in health and wellbeing events and telling their old gran that "it's good to talk". "I didn't get any help, I didn't wanna come across as weak or feel like an outcast because being weak is an anti-thesis of what an athlete is suppose to be".

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She went on to describe her experience, saying, "About three years ago, I experienced my first ever anxiety attack after a practice session with a national team and that's when I finally made a decision to get help".

"Depression is something I continue to go through daily, it doesn't go away".

The activities are being held to commemorate World Mental Health Day 2019 celebrated Thursday under the theme "Working Together to Prevent Suicide".

"Almost exactly like our physical health, mental health requires hard work, fix and maintenance so it's okay to feel unstable, it's okay to disassociate, it's okay to need help and it's okay to not be okay".

Over the last ten years in particular however I've noticed a welcome wave of change in the destigmatisation of mental health issues which is probably why there seems to be more people seeking help nowadays, especially among the younger generation.

Hajra is an ambassador for British Asian Trust, which aims to transform people's lives.

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