In honor of Mental Health Awareness Week, the British Dyslexia Association has brought attention to the connections between poor mental health and dyslexia. This year’s theme centers around anxiety, which is a common experience for individuals with dyslexia and dyscalculia.
While dyslexia and dyscalculia are typically associated with difficulties in reading, writing, and math, respectively, they can also have a significant impact on mental health. For children and adults with dyslexia, the challenges they face can linger, leading to higher levels of stress and anxiety.
To raise awareness of these issues and encourage people to discuss mental health, individuals across the UK are invited to share their experiences of anxiety on social media using the hashtag #ToHelpMyAnxiety. This campaign aims to create a dialogue around mental health, helping individuals learn from one another and feel less isolated.
At the British Dyslexia Association, the impact of dyslexia on mental health is of particular concern. They are encouraging individuals who feel that their dyslexia has negatively affected their mental health to contact their GP or visit the NHS website for more information.
While dyslexia can be a challenging condition to live with, it is important to recognize that support is available. By working together to raise awareness, we can create a more supportive and inclusive environment for those with dyslexia and other conditions that affect mental health.