Mental Health Around the World

450 million people worldwide suffer from mental health issues. Wikipedia state that “mental health is a level of psychological well-being or an absence of mental illness – the state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioural adjustment”.

Different types of mental health problems include anxiety and panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder and eating disorders.

By looking at mental health throughout the world, we can see how countries deal with mental health problems. So is there still a social stigma attached to mental health issues? Read on to learn more…


In Ireland, 1 in 4 people suffer from MH. Depression affects around 1 in 12 of the Irish population.

Some 18.5 % of the population was recorded as having a MH disorder in 2016. Ireland has one of the highest rates of MH illness in Europe. It ranked joint 3rd out of 36 countries that were surveyed.

Out of 1000 Irish residents surveyed, 48% of Irish people admit that they should make more time to talk about their mental health.


1 in 4 people are affected in the UK. 67% of people are more comfortable talking about their Mental Health than 5 years ago. However, the NHS are struggling to cope with rising demand for MH care. Around 8% of the UK population are suffering from some form of depression.

In 2006, there were a total of 31 million antidepressant drug prescriptions prescribed. In 2016, there were 65 million antidepressant drug prescriptions prescribed in the UK.

In terms of stigma within England, 9 in 10 people who have had MH problems report that they have suffered stigma and discrimination.


In 2014, 2.6 million people were suffering from depression in Italy. Depression was the most common mental illness in Italy between 2005 and 2013. Over 2.8 million people aged 15 and over suffered from chronic depression in 2015.


Around 3 million people in France suffer from a serious mental illness.


44 million American adults have a MH condition. 8.7% of youths (over 2 million) suffer from severe depression. 56.4 % received no treatment. Anxiety is the most common mental health problem in America and affects 40 million adults ages 18 +.


Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in Latvia. Almost 90% of depressed Latvians don’t seek treatment. Only 10% seek treatment for depression. In 2018, Latvian students displayed a higher prevalence of anxiety, depressive and physical symptoms.


Despite being named one of the happiest countries in the world, 13.2% of adults have MH issues in Denmark. 19% of women and 13% of men receive treatment for anxiety while 16% of women and only 9% of men receive treatment for depression.


People with a mental illness in developing countries such as the Philippines are often seen as dangerous and aggressive. In 2004, there were over 4.5 million cases of depression. Latest reports show that 3.3 million people suffer from depressive disorder while 3.1 million suffer from anxiety. There are only 2 mental health workers per 100,000 population.


In 2007, anxiety disorders such as panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder were the most common mental health issues in Australia affecting 14% of people. Around $9 billion was spent on mental health related services in 2015-2016. 1 in 5 Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year.

So from this post you can see that there still seems to be a stigma surrounding mental health. However, you can also see from this post that if you suffer from a mental health issue you are certainly NOT alone. People from Ireland all the way over to Australia suffer from a mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

I hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for reading x

5 ways employers can help employees with mental health issues

Listen to any concerns/questions they may have

If an employee has any questions or just needs to talk about their mental health (e.g they have been feeling overly stressed or anxious lately), listen attentively and try to come up with a solution to the problem so that they can continue to concentrate on their work.

Regularly check in with them

Make an appointment or organize a quick meeting and let employees know about looking after their health (E.g powerpoint on how to reduce stress ).

Organize mental health events in the workplace (E.g coffee morning )

Get the whole workplace to come together for a coffee morning in aid of a mental health charity such as Pieta House or Mental Health Ireland. Employees can chat with others, drink tea/coffee and eat scones in aid of a charity of their choice. Also don’t forget to donate!

Time off

Employees should be entitled to some time off due to intense anxiety/other mental health issue. The employer can request a doctor’s certificate or otherwise and note the number of working days missed. It is imperative that employees are in good health in order to work to their full potential.

Ensure workplace is safe and friendly

Employers should make sure that no bullying is taking place in the workplace. In the event that an employer is notified that bullying may be taking place, it is their responsibility that the matter is quickly dealt with.

Mental Health Playlist

Songs for when you’re struggling with your mental health

  • X Ambassadors – Unsteady
  • Coldplay – Fix you
  • Christina Perri – The lonely
  • Nickelback – Lullaby
  • Yuna – Mermaid
  • Bebe Rexha – I’m a mess
  • Sia – Titanium
  • Coldplay – Lost
  • Goo goo dolls – Iris
  • Sia – Breathe me
  • Imagine Dragons – Demons
  • Jeremy Zucker – All the kids are depressed
  • Troye Sivan – Happy Little Pill
  • Professor Green – Lullaby
  • Skrribbz – They said I’d never make it
  • The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

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Songs for when you’re having a bad day

I suffer from anxiety and depression but while I don’t get depressed as much as I used to (thank god🙏) I still get the odd bad day. More specifically a bad mental health day. Everyone gets a bad day once in a while.

While there are many things to do if you’re having a bad day such as going for a walk or watching your favourite movie, music helps me on a bad day.

So whether you feel like it’s not your day, your week or even your month, here’s a few songs from my playlist to help cheer you up a little bit…

  • I hope you dance – Lee Ann Womack
  • Skyscraper – Demi Lovato
  • Recovery – James Arthur
  • Head above water – Avril Lavigne
  • Breathin – Ariana Grande
  • Shed a tear – Kodaline
  • Rise – Jonas Blue
  • In my blood – Shawn Mendes
  • No tears left to cry – Ariana Grande
  • Don’t give in – Snow Patrol
  • Make your own kind of music – Paloma Faith
  • Breathe – Seeb
  • Paper crown – Alec Benjamin
  • Battlefield – Nightcore
  • I took a pill in Ibiza – Mike Posner
  • Drag me down – One Direction
  • Sun is shining – Axwell x Ingrosso
  • Demons – Imagine Dragons
  • The Climb – Miley Cyrus
  • Hall of fame – The Script
  • You’re gonna be ok – Brian and Jenn Johnson
  • Bad day – Daniel Powter

Thanks for reading x

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S.A.D(Seasonal Affective Disorder)

I recently ran a poll on Twitter . Out of 10 people, 50 percent of you said you suffer from S.A.D and 50 percent said you don’t.  There were also two people who mentioned they used to suffer from S.A.D but don’t anymore.

According to, S.A.D(seasonal affective disorder) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. Symptoms usually start in autumn and continue into the winter months.

While the exact cause of S.AD is unknown, it could be linked to reduced exposure of sunlight. Being out in the sun improves our mood but as there is little sunlight during the day and it gets dark earlier, it dramatically affects our mood.

Symptoms of S.A.D

  • Very low mood
  • Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Tearfulness
  • Becoming less sociable
  • Lack of energy

These are only a few symptoms of S.A.D but it is important to talk to your doctor to get a correct diagnosis. In order to get a correct diagnosis, your doctor may ask about your mood, lifestyle and any changes in your thoughts and behaviour.

Treatments for S.A.D

  • Light therapy – Light therapy lamps( also known as SAD lamps) work by giving off bright light that mimics natural outdoor light.
  • Take vitamin D supplements – Due to less sunlight our mood can be affected. Vitamin D is essential for the development of healthy bones, muscles and teeth.
  • Healthy habits – Exercise, get enough sleep, eat healthier and reduce stress. Doing all of these will improve your mood dramatically especially if your mood is low.


When to see a doctor

  • If you feel down for days at a time
  • You no longer want to do the activities you normally enjoy
  • If your sleep patterns have changed (sleeping too little or too much)
  • Appetite has changed(especially eating more carbohydrates than normal)
  • Substance abuse
  • You feel hopeless or think about suicide

Remember to tell someone about how you are feeling and ask for help if you need to. Take Care X

Counselling Issues

My doctor recently referred me to some counsellors after I had clinical depression. I thought that talking with someone other than my parents about how I was feeling would help and in the past it has but I haven’t been able to get a counsellor since …

Between the long waiting lists, and the short” we’ll get back to you” it can be really hard to get a counsellor. Especially a one at low costs. I recently called a counselling service and was told to opt in to the service so they could arrange for me to visit. I thought great, I’ll be able to see a counsellor in no time. I got a short text message” we have received your call and we’ll get back to you”. They never got back to me.

It really annoys me that this is allowed to happen. I’m okay now but I keep thinking of the people who are severely suicidal and need urgent care. You can’t expect them to wait can you? What are they supposed to do? Within that space of time anything could happen. They are depending on the service counsellors provide. They need urgent care and assistance. We’ll get back to you is simply not good enough.

I was also told the other day that I can’t receive any other services or funding because I haven’t been seen by a consultant/psychiatrist. Basically, she meant I’m not “bad enough”. What exactly is bad enough? When you are on the verge of dying? When you feel like giving up?

The mental health services seriously need to help people as quick as possible. Waiting months on end isin’t going to be of much use to a suicidal person. Thousands of people all over the world suffer from mental health issues on a daily basis. Yes, antidepressants help but what if it just isin’t enough?

I am lucky to have my parents to talk to but I honestly feel so sorry for the people who don’t have anybody to talk to. Mental health is not something that can be just brushed aside. People like me can’t do much more than wait so the only thing I can do is keep referring myself to different mental health services and counsellors and hope that I get a place.

Take Care X


According to, Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. This is correct but from somebody who suffers from depression, my definition is a little different.

Depression is:

  • Not washing your hair for days
  • Not wanting to socialise
  • Wanting to stay in bed
  • Lots and lots of crying
  • Feeling like you’re not good enough or worthless
  • Feeling like you’re existing but not living
  • Not wanting to do the things you normally enjoy
  • Losing or gaining weight
  • Just sitting in a dark room
  • Changes in use of social media( little or lots of use)
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Bad thoughts
  • Veryyyy tired
  • Not talking much or not at all
  • Feeling more lonely than usual
  • Craving affection
  • Anti-depressants
  • Procrastination
  • Feeling like no one cares
  • Can’t concentrate
  • Can’t make your own decisions
  • Listening to sad songs to make you even more sad
  • Feeling overly sad/depressed

Depression is real. It’s not just a phase and it shouldn’t be ignored. Talk to someone about how you are feeling. Depression is diagnosed after suffering from some of the symptoms above for two weeks or more. Your mental health is so important. Take care of it and take care of yourself. X

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My Bad Online Experience

I wanted to explain why I haven’t been blogging or active on social media in the last few weeks. About three-four weeks ago, someone started texting me on Twitter which then moved to Instagram. It was nice to talk to someone who promised me the sun, the moon and the stars. Someone who seemed like they cared. I thought how I felt was real. I didn’t realise that something was wrong. In the beginning, a somewhat relationship endured and then the quick proposal soon after. I’m only 18 there wasn’t a hope I was getting married this soon but I thought if this worked out it could happen in my 20s.

I have seen long distance relationships work out from several couples on social media so I thought maybe if it’s meant to be it could work out. The texting continued and later he asked me to buy him a phone because he felt I was far from him. I was very angry at this. I gave out about him only wanting a visa and I received paragraphs back stating his genuine love and affection and said it was a pity I was so controlling. (Me.Controlling.?? )

When I mentioned the visa, he flipped and stated that he wasn’t like the other men who scam in his country. I stupidly believed him. He made me feel guilty about everything, especially dating.  For weeks I felt miserable and completely worthless.( Just because I have different beliefs or am from a different country does not mean you get to judge me.) I thought that he wouldn’t care about me if I didn’t change.

I turned to religion. Everything I’ve ever done and everything I’ve ever said to anyone all came into my head and I suddenly felt like I was a complete mess. He had somehow managed to charm his way into brainwashing me by using my vulnerability.

I was severely depressed. I wasn’t eating and I slept most of the time. My parents began to notice that I wasn’t my usual self. At some point my mind said” stop Tara something is wrong here”. He was a controlling, manipulative asshole. He thought that he could control me from another country because he was so desperate for a visa. He had found a victim and through his smile I had fallen straight into his trap.

On the night he texted I didn’t really feel like talking and then around an hour later I texted him saying I can’t do this anymore, I need to look after my mental health. I told him that he was making me completely miserable. I received countless paragraphs one after the other.” It’s real. You are free but please don’t leave me. I can’t live without you”.  I would never be free if I let him continue to make me miserable. I proceeded to block him on all social media. He panicked and added pictures of me on his Instagram. He wouldn’t take them down. He then got my number off of WhatsApp and texted.

I was afraid of him. Of what he might do next. He had controlled me for so long and continued to think he still could. I realised that he didn’t really know me at all. I blocked his number. After that I spiralled into a deep depression.

I had suicidal thoughts. I was so scared, so afraid of thoughts that came into my head. Bad, bad thoughts. My mind was in control and I felt so guilty all of the time. I cried all the time and felt so worthless, so out of place.

I remember sitting in the car one day and these really bad thoughts came into head. This really frightened me. I really didn’t want to die but I didn’t know what to do. I went to my doctor after who was so helpful. He listened and discussed how I was feeling and then gave me some counselling options.

I know for a fact that if I didn’t have my parents and my doctor to turn to I would not be here writing this. I missed two days of college and then went back which is good because college takes my mind off of things. I managed to get on a bus which I thought I would never do. I am so proud of myself, of all I have overcome. I found out after I had had a nervous breakdown. The experience had impacted my mental health and caused the depression to return.

If somebody or something is affecting your mental health in a negative way that someone or something has to go. No exceptions. Don’t give your private information like your phone number to anyone online. Nobody should have the ability to control you or make you feel like shit. Nobody’s perfect. We all have a past and we all have flaws. We are human.

If you are depressed or experiencing anything I have discussed above please talk to somebody. You might think that people won’t care or understand what you are going through but trust me they do. There are millions of people all over the world who suffer from mental health issues on a daily basis.  You aren’t perfect, nobody is, but you are you.

You are unique and most importantly, you are not alone. Take care X



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My favourite anxiety memes

You can already tell by the title what this post is going to be about. According to Google,anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. An average day consists of intense procrastination,overthinking and believing that the person who didn’t text you back now hates you. Ah, doesn’t anxiety sound great?

Anxiety is a struggle for so many people across the world but I think that a little humour about something that is so difficult to deal with on a day-to-day basis can make you feel an awful lot better. Here are my favourite anxiety memes:

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Things that trigger anxiety in me

I’m not gonna lie, anxiety can be a pain in the ass. I have had anxiety nearly four years now but I have learned to cope with it. Fitness, diet changes and socializing have all helped. However,there are still some things that trigger anxiety in me.

  • Dark rooms:

I must have at least a small lamp in the corner if the room is very dark. I’ve always been a tad bit afraid of the dark but I think it’s mostly down to fear of the unknown. Not great in cinemas either.

  • Elevators:

I will not go into an elevator. Claustrophobia x 1000

  • Buses:

I’m still having trouble travelling on a bus due to panic attacks but I’ll slowly be training myself shortly to take a full bus journey anxiety-free before college.

  • Going to an event:

#stomach butterflies

  • Making a phone call:

I am guilty of asking my parents to arrange a doctor/hairdresser appointment because well, I can’t.

I have many other fears and phobias but ones that I don’t get panic attacks from.(arachnophobia etc).  Anyway, these are the main scenarios where I panic due to anxiety.