Today is World Mental Health Day. So what does that mean for survivors of abuse?
Most survivors have had their mental health impacted by the abuse they’ve suffered. The very nature of domestic violence involves breaking a victim’s self-esteem, confidence and sense of self.
If you have experienced domestic violence, and you worry that it has affected your mental health, you are not alone. Last year, 23% of women in our refuges disclosed that they had a mental health issue.
You do not have to suffer alone – Help IS out there. Women’s Aid runs a 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline, which is open 24/7 for all women and men affected by domestic or sexual violence. We are there to help you get the right support, to make practical changes to free yourself from abuse, or just to be a listening ear. We do not judge, and we do believe you.
We also run refuge services, outreach services, and support programmes to help women and children get back on their feet after abuse. For example, our Journey To Freedom programme is specially designed to help victims explore their experiences of domestic violence in a safe, supportive environment, and to empower them to move on.
If you want more information about local services in your area or the Journey To Freedom programme, why not give us a call.
Until then, here is a little message of support on World Mental Health Day. You are doing your best. You are strong. You are still here. You are a SURVIVOR.