World Mental Health Day: Dementia

shu-Protecting mental health-mental health day-372656629-ESB ProfessionalOctober 10 is World Mental Health Day: a day dedicated to raising awareness about the mental health issues that affect millions of people in the UK each year.

One in four adults and one in ten children suffer from a mental health problem every year, but only a quarter of people are actually getting the help that they need (Awareness Days UK). This is partly due to the stigma that those with mental health problems face.

There are many different types of mental health issues ranging from depression and anxiety to hallucinations and memory loss. All of these can have a real detrimental effect on the quality of life, so it’s important that people suffering from mental health issues get the help that they need.

How can World Mental Health Day make a difference?

Part of the problems surrounding mental health illnesses is the stigma that is often associated with it. This stigma can mean that sufferers are more reluctant to share their illness with medical professionals in order to seek the help that they need.

Talking about mental health is key to making a difference in the way that mental health is perceived and to allowing people to receive treatment. As well as this, having a better understanding of what mental health is, through research and evidence for example, can also help to change people’s initial perceptions.

World Mental Health Day encourages people to find out more about the subject of mental health, and reassures those suffering from a mental health illness that they’re not alone!

How does dementia fit in?

Dementia is a mental disorder that is characterised by a loss of brain function. For people with dementia, daily tasks can often be a struggle, and since the disease is progressive, they will only continue to be. As well as this, dementia sufferers may also experience depression, anxiety, confusion and agitation, which are all linked to mental illness. It is therefore crucial that people with dementia get the support and treatment they need to try to improve their condition.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is a legal document that was put in place to protect individuals with degenerative mental illnesses. It ensures that individuals who are no longer able to make decisions for themselves will be taken care of correctly. With this Act in place, it is a good idea for people with dementia to ensure that they are prepared for the future and that they’re aware of the necessary legal framework.

Hiring a solicitor, like Romain Coleman, to help you make sense of all the legal jargon can make things a lot easier for you and can allow you to manage your care comfortably.

How can Romain Coleman help?

Romain Coleman is solicitors that specialise in helping people with mental health issues, particularly dementia. With specific dementia laws in place to protect those suffering from the later stages of the disease, it is important that dementia sufferers think about their future while they are still able to make decisions for themselves.

Romain Coleman can provide you with the legal assistance you need to write a will and to be prepared for your long-term care. We also offer support to families who have loved ones going through dementia. We can handle all the legal arrangements and complex paperwork necessary to ensure that you remain stress-free and are able to focus your time on the things that matter.

If you or someone you know has dementia, or another progressive mental illness, and you’d like some legal advice, call us today on 0208 520 4555. We can give you the support and advice that you need to make good decisions for your future.