First up, I want to say that this is always going to be a mental health blog, but I can’t not talk about this so called ‘snap election’. For one, politics and mental health will always be entwined because obviously the government funds public mental health services (which the majority rely upon) and, from what I see on Twitter, it affects people’s mental health looking at all this ‘doom and gloom’ on what almost seems a daily basis.
In case you aren’t up to speed – it’s only been around an hour since Theresa May has announced this – the election will be taking place on June 8th 2017.
As it has only recently been announced, the policies each party is looking to offer for mental health are yet to clarified, however I hope to do another blog post on this when facts are a little more defined in the coming days…
If you are one of those people (like me) who gets in a bit of a mental health spin over politics, then here are some ways to look after yourself in the next 7 weeks…
- Mute keywords on Twitter, if you don’t want to hear about it (think ‘#GeneralElection’, ‘Conservatives’, ‘Labour’)
- Read as much as you can about party policy to ensure you have an informed and educated decision
- Be cautious of the media as it is often politically aligned, particularly newspapers
- Try not to listen to what some individuals may be saying as it can often be misconstrued – much like a country-wide Chinese whispers!
- If you’re a bit puzzled to what allegiance you may be, try the Political Compass test and use it as a guideline
- Practice as much self care as you possibly can (if you are struggling on what to do, you can check some tips out here)
- Register to vote as soon as possible over at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote – every vote counts and IS worth it
- Most importantly, your vote is YOUR vote – whatever partners, parents, friends, etc may be persuading you to vote, you ultimately have the decision, and the best thing is they will never know (thank you Secret Ballot Act 1872)
As soon as the largest parties release their 2017 policies for this election, I’ll be right back and list it right here. Until then, take care of yourself.