Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has spoken out about mental health as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.
The month of May is now annually known as Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when everyone across the UK is encouraged to raise awareness of mental health conditions and to break down the stigma surrounding them.
Mr Elmore commented: “We’ve made great progress in terms of breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health in recent years – thanks in large part to the excellent work being done by charities across the UK – but we still have a long way to go. Male suicide remains the number one cause of death for men under the age of 45 and rates of suicide among women are the highest they have been for a decade. Our work to tackle this problem really has to be redoubled.”
This year’s Mental Health Awareness Month focusses on tackling stress as one of the key causes of more serious conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Mr Elmore continued: “By working with employers and communities across Wales, we must demonstrate the value of positive mental health more effectively. Until somebody who has to take time off for a broken leg is treated the same as somebody who may have to take time out for depression, our work in this area cannot end.”
If you’re struggling with your mental health and need somebody to talk to, please reach out to Samaritans on 116 123. If you are able to, please also seek medical advice from your GP.