As another year goes by, there have been triumphs and tests towards the battle against stigma. In the past couple weeks there has been a sensationalist front-page headline from The Sun, claiming that 'mental patients' are violent, and not long before that, Asda and Tesco decided to sell Halloween costumes of a 'mental patient'.
One of the major driving forces against these two incidents was mental health charities. And this is indicative of their general, everyday presence against stupidity and ignorance, as well as being there for those in need of someone to turn to.
The UK's mental health charities give a voice to everyone suffering with a mental health problem. They use their online presence in the most benevolent way - sharing, educating, inspiring and encouraging those that need it. They are consistent, reliable and, for someone who has been on an NHS counselling waiting list for six months, a refreshing reminder that there's help if I need it.
On a day that reminds you to reflect on your mental health, the first thing I think of is how grateful I am for mental health charities, their consistent support and unwavering determination to keep up the fight.