In a subject close to Ibrox Noise’s heart, and we’re sure many of you out there, we offer a nod to Norwich City’s brave and impactful Mental Health campaign, a short film which coincided with World Mental Health Day.
The video, which focuses heavily on depression and suicide, has come in for universal praise, rightly, due to the poignant and hard-hitting way it delivers its message, including a ‘twist’ in the plot, one which affected almost everyone watching it.
The reason we’re covering this today is that all-too-often things like this happen, gain praise, but are then forgotten the next day and the day after as Joe and Jane Punter get about their daily lives.
By publishing this today, a day after World Mental Health Day has happened, we hope we can keep the momentum going and stop Joe and Jane Punter forgetting about it – because poor mental health affects more or less about one in three people in the UK, which means upwards of 20,000,000 people.
That’s a lot of people, and their mental ill health doesn’t just stop the day after the video was published.
The fundamental message in the ‘story’ was that sometimes mental ill health is easy to spot, or obvious, but other times it isn’t, and to quote the late, great Bob Hoskins, ‘it’s good to talk’.
It’s good to just ask someone how they are, once in a while, because they might just tell you the truth. And you’d be doing them maybe the biggest favour anyone has for a long time.
It’s so easy to forget depression, anxiety and other mental health issues are the most common illnesses on planet earth – just because you can’t see them, doesn’t mean they’re not there, and by Norwich doing this video, they’ve really brought attention to the nub of the matter.
We hope people don’t just watch it, get emotional, then forget about it.
Because for some, it’s their lives, period.
And we hope if anyone is affected by this reading this piece, you seek help, because it’s out there.
And of course, if you know anyone affected, seek help for them. Or just ask them how they are.
And if you don’t know anyone affected, ask them how they are. Maybe they are affected and you just helped them big time.
It really is good to talk.