1 in 4 people are affected by mental illness each year. With this being such a high number, it is incredible that it is still such a taboo subject. It is only within the past decade or so that talking about mental illness was okay to do. It has only just been accepted in my family within the past couple of years, before that we did not speak about it.
A new charity is trying to change this.
MQ, which stands for mental health and quality of life stands, wishes to create a world where mental illness is understood, can be spoken about, treated and researched properly and inevitably treated. This new charity wants mental health to be treated as well as physical illness have in the past couple of decades.
This charity is swearing to take on mental illness, both metaphorically and literally. Their slogan ‘It’s time to give a s***’ is used to get the public to pay attention to an problem that no one talks about but almost 15 million people suffer with.
Radio One presenter Greg James is one of the members involved with this new campaign. He stated on his Instagram ‘I’m proud to be part of that is trying to tackle mental health issues in young people. There is an unfair stigma attached to these sorts of illnesses and it can affect a frightening amount of people in many different ways.’
Other celebrities such as YouTubers Naomi Smart and Pixiwoo, two time gold medallist Nicola Adams and actress Gillian Anderson are also involved with the campaign to get people talking and raising money for the new charity.
To learn more visit the MQ website.
All photos credited to the MQ Charity