A support system is a group of people you can turn to in a time of crisis, or those that support your ventures and ambitions. Support system’s can be made up of family, friends or colleagues, and they’re important for a number of reasons in this modern day.

I talk about mental health quite a lot on my blog, because we need to continue to raise awareness about this unseen danger. When people start constantly isolating themselves from their usual practices, or start acting out of character due to circumstances out of their control; a support system is what could save a life. Having someone to check in from time to time. Meeting up with colleagues after work to take a time out. It can be difficult for people to ask for help, so knowing the signs can make a big impact.

A couple years ago I suffered a burn out which resulted in me having to stay in the hospital. While I was in there I realised I didn’t have much people that checked in on me besides my mum and brother. At the time that was enough. I just wanted to get better and get back to work. It was only after that I said I need to make it a priority to build a support system. The people around me at the time weren’t the people that I had a support system with, and this made me feel low.

Fast forward to now, I have a great network of people that I can connect with regularly. If I want someone to talk to in regards to what’s on my mind, I have that someone available. It works both ways. Be open minded to what people may be going through at times and try to be there in some way.

People underestimate the power of communication. Talking through your problems to find a solution can be a great way to lift some weight off your shoulders. I cover mental health in my book, Time is Money, and why it’s important to pace yourself. Available at:

http://www.timeismoneymedia.com/books

Statistics:

– In 2017, there were 6,213 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland (Samaritans, 2017).

– In the UK, men are 3 times more likely to commit suicide compared to women (Samaritans, 2017).

– Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience mental health problems each year (Mind.org, 2013).

A study by the Mental Health Foundation in 2018 using 4,619 respondents found the following:

– 29% said that they had started drinking or increased their drinking due to stress.

– Of the people who said they had felt stress at some point in their lives, 16% had self harmed and 32% said they had had suicidal thoughts and feelings.

Source: Mental Health Foundation Stress Report (2018)

– In 2013, there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in the UK

Source: Fineberg, N., Haddad, P., Carpenter, L., Gannon, B., Sharpe, R., Young, A., Joyce, E., Rowe, J., Wellsted, D., Nutt, D. and Sahakian, B. (2013).

For more information on mental health and the symptoms you can visit the following websites:

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk

http://www.mind.org.uk

http://www.samaritans.org

http://www.turn2me.org

T K Williams-Nelson

Published by T K Williams Nelson

I'm Tannika. Author & Writer. Business Owner. Spoken Word Poet. As featured in The Kilburn & Brent Times, The Voice Newspaper, Brent Magazine, BBC and more. This is my space. I share my work, my experiences and things I find interesting. Shop my streetwear and crochet brands at my online boutique, Unique Boutique London, and my books: Tales of the Hood Underclass 7 Time is Money Available on my author website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all other online book retailers. For enquiries: timeismoneyinquiries@gmail.com

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