In an interview on Sky News this morning, the Prime Minister, Theresa May outlined her plans to tackle the issues around mental health & how we might get over it’s associated stigma, not least because 1 in 4 people will suffer from some mental health issue through their lives.
The Prime Minister explains that it takes time to successfully deal with such an issue & whilst there’s additional funding being made available to provide services for people with mental health issues, she also stated that it’s wrong to assume that the only answer to the problem is funding.
During the summer last year, I posted a blog entitled “Team Margot is good for your mental health and well being”. I linked that post to a previous one dating back to September 2015: “Have a chat about Margot and see how that makes you feel”.
Initially, I was writing based upon my own instinct and gift of experience. More recently, I shared my thinking with an eminent psychiatrist, who confirms that within reason, caring about and doing things for others in your community is good for your mental health and well being.
On that basis, it follows that you can improve your mental health and well being by registering to become a potential stem cell donor, regularly donating blood or platelets and by joining the organ donor register.
It’s a cost in terms of your commitment (and that’s what counts!), but it needn’t cost you any money.
So if you haven’t already, here’s how you can take those first steps towards improving your own mental health, let alone helping to save someone’s life:
Register as a potential stem cell / bone marrow donor
Together, saving lives
Husband to Vicki and father to Oscar (2007), Rufus (2008), Digby (2015), Humphrey (2017) & Margot (2012-2014)
Team Margot’s mission
To help save and improve lives by educating, inspiring and motivating people, especially from ethnically diverse communities, to register as blood, organ, stem cell and bone marrow donors and to provide a range of support to families caring for child cancer patients.
Team Margot also provides secretariat support to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ethnicity Transplantation and Transfusion.