As we approach Mental Health Awareness Week 2023, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on the progress made in the field of mental health, and the challenges that still need to be addressed. As a Scottish solicitor practicing in mental health law, Shannon Gibson has seen first-hand how far we’ve come in terms of raising awareness about mental health issues, but also how much work there is still to be done.
“One of the key issues that I have encountered in my work is the accessibility of mental health support. Many people in Scotland who are struggling with their mental health don’t have access to the resources they need to get the help they need. Whether it’s due to financial constraints, a lack of understanding about the support that’s available, or simply not knowing where to turn, there are many barriers that prevent people from seeking support.
This is a problem that needs to be addressed on a systemic level, but there are also things that individuals can do to help. If you know someone who is struggling with their mental health, take the time to listen to them and offer your support. Even if you’re not sure what to say or how to help, simply being there for someone can make a huge difference.
It’s also important to remember that mental health issues are just as real and just as deserving of attention as physical health issues. Mental health conditions can have a significant impact on a person’s life, and it’s important that we treat them with the same level of care and respect that we would any other health condition.
In my work as a solicitor, I’ve also seen how important it is to have access to legal support when dealing with mental health issues. Whether it’s navigating the complexities of the mental health system or ensuring that your rights are being upheld, having a solicitor who specialises in mental health law can make all the difference.
So as we mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2023, let’s remember the importance of accessible mental health support and the role that each of us can play in supporting those who are struggling with their mental health. Let’s also continue to work towards a society where mental health issues are treated with the same level of care and attention as physical health issues, and where everyone has access to the support they need to live their best life.”
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