Today the 4th February, is World Cancer Day. The hashtag this year is #CloseTheCareGap
“The reality today is that who you are and where you live could mean the difference between life and death. It isn’t fair. But we can change this.”
Many of us have or will be affected by cancer. Most of us know family, friends or colleagues that have been diagnosed with one of its many forms.
I, like most, have been affected by cancer. My father died of cancer 25 years ago and this event completely changed my life. Mental health issues, a relationship breakdown, a job loss all followed and on-going challenges continued … but I am a relatively lucky one! So let’s think of those worse off than ourselves and be there for them.
Let’s start listening, understanding and raising more awareness.
Take time to talk
From the initial diagnosis, through the treatment and once the all clear is received the individual along with all their friends and families, may struggle with their mental health. They can be overwhelmed with a wide range of intense emotions, such as depression, anxiety or isolation. They may also experience changes in their relationships, both at home and at work.
Being there for anyone who is struggling with cancer, be that the individual, a family member or friend, is vital. Making time to talk and being able to point people in the right direction to get further help, if needed, is paramount. Within the #bmFamily💜💚 we have established a group of Mental Health FirstAiders . They have achieved a Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Advocacy in the Workplace and are there for anyone who needs them.
There are many amazing charities, who are there to help, if needed.
Here are just a few:-
If you are affected by cancer, remember the #bmFamily💜💚 is here for you, so let’s make time to talk.