Mental Health Awareness19/05/2019
Today marks the end of Mental Health Awareness week. (This has been a week of lots of thinking and awareness.) However, I wish to mention it as it is a subject that is close to my heart, thanks to my friend Francesca.
Francesca, amateur aerialist said ‘Circus keeps me sane’. She said that she went to circus classes when she was happy, and things going well but also when things are tough and she can’t get out of her depression. The friends made there are such as support and accept you for who you are. The people that go to circus are from all walks of life, different ages and backgrounds. You are accepted for who you are and the circus is a safe environment where everyone is supportive and kind. If it wasn’t for circus, I wouldn’t be here today.
Francesca goes on to say that exercise is supposed to be good for your mental health, but having the friends and a reason for going out helps a lot. If I was having a bad day, scary drops would make me feel better and that I’d achieved something. If I was having a bad day, and didn’t want to do much then that was fine too. I could climb a bit and just hang upside down. Going into the session and stretching is a nice way to calm down and clear the mind. I am aware that I don’t talk about myself or what is going on in my life while I am there, but I know that I am in a non-judgmental safe place. I can just soak up the atmosphere and listen to others talking about random stuff that makes me laugh.
Fortunately, I hope, people are more able to talk about their problems and ask for help. Even if it isn’t Mental Health Awareness week, help is out there. Please speak to a friend, your doctor or contact an agency such as the Samaritans. For more information see https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health