Hello readers. My name is Toni- Michelle and I am very honoured to write a little post for my friend Lottie for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
From working in a secondary school as a Dance teacher, I am learning to be aware, open minded and tolerant of everyone’s needs. The beautiful thing about life is everyone is so different and therefore we should embrace and celebrate that we all lead different lives, but always remember we can all experience similar mental challenges, no matter what your past is so if you know of someone who is suffering or has suffered remember anyone can go through this in small or big forms.
From working in an environment that is multicultural with different ethnicity’s, languages and backgrounds, I have learnt so much about mental health and how that can impede on lives every day and so we should continue to support each other and be aware, open minded and tolerant. It is not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves and others. So we should allow those challenging down moments to allow us to reflect and to guide ourselves. You, yourself as much as anybody, deserves the entire universe your love and affection.
I asked a student about her thoughts on mental health and she said “Mental health is so important, it is about your everyday well being, I think this is as twice as important as our physical well being”
What I want you to take away from reading this is everyday is we should all be open minded and supportive of each other because you never know what someone is going through and I really feel if we continue to be mindful of mental health by being aware of each other we can make a huge difference to people who deal with it currently, previously and in the future.
Lottie: Toni and I are both cycling the Palace to Palace bike race for The Prince’s Trust who support 13-30 year olds get their lives back on track after tough starts in life, trauma and abuse. You can sponsor us here.
If you want to find out more about the support that The Prince’s Trust offers then see their programmes page here.