Fortunately, I have not experienced a mental health issue yet, and neither has a close family member of mine, so I am by no means an expert. If something I say is incorrect, you disagree with or upsets you please let me know! Also, this post could be triggering from certain people so I just wanted to let you know as the last thing I want to do is upset anyone.
Mental health is just like your physical health (and arguably more important) but instead of it being how healthy and fit your body is, it is how healthy your mind is. When you have a cold or a headache (a physical health issue) people moan and stay off school a lot of the time, and it goes within a few days. However mental health issues, like depression or anxiety, can stick with you for years but you don't get to miss school or take medication until you feel better. No, you have to push through, pretend everything's okay.
Another thing I know helps a lot of people with mental health issues is drawing. You may be absolutely awful at art *cough me* or already be planning to take it for A-levels but drawing, painting, sketching, sculpting or any other form or art you can think of helps. Just let your creativity run free, and don't stress about perfection.
If any of you do feel unsecure about your current mental health situation, make sure you seek help and if you feel confident enough you can contact me. I'm not an expert, but I may be able to help so you can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or comment on this post if you want (obviously you can keep it anonymous!!)
Hope this post was interesting and helped any of you! Do you agree with my points? Or do you have something else to say that wasn't mentioned? I'd love to see some of you do your own post talking about mental health! Anyway byeee for now!