1 in 4 people experience mental health problems in any given year. 1 in 10 young adults will experience a mental health issue, and many people continue to work normal jobs despite their conditions. In 2009, the total population in England and Wales aged 16 or over was just over 43 million. It was estimated that about one in six of the adult population had a significant mental health problem at any one time, meaning more than 7 million people had some experience of mental illness.
nice in academia.
Yet for all the journal articles turned down, job applications rejected and the work/life imbalance, lecturing is a release for my anxiety. Standing infront of an audience and speaking as an expert is the only time I truly feel relaxed- my doubts are nowhere to be seen. Trying to control my condition is a constant battle and doing what I love as a job is undoubtedly helping more than hindering, despite the pressures. In public I smile a lot, laugh, make jokes and don't take myself too seriously. None of my students or co-workers at Northumbria would assume anything was wrong as a result. That is why the campaign is so important- it offers a chance to break through assumptions and really ask each other how we are doing.
|Some of the great materials the campaign sent me|
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