Who Cares? Have some compassion says Pat

If a group of football fans was sat together in the pub people probably wouldn't give them a second glance.
Or a group of film buffs or stamp collectors....The list goes on.

Picture a group of people with mental health issues sat together, however, and it's a different story.
There'll be some whispers perhaps, a bit of pointing isn't uncommon and sadly, all too often, someone will likely hiss "nutters" under their breath.
And this is what bothers people with mental health issues the most.  
The ignorance.
The stigma.
The unwillingness to talk to someone who appears a little "different".
But it's their loss, according to Pat Nye, who has been bi-polar since her early twenties.
"If they spoke to people with mental health problems instead of ostracising them they'd find them full of compassion - caring and kind.

"And the last time I checked, mental health isn't catching!"

Pat, who is a Walsall grandmother, became bi-polar following a series of traumatic events early in her life.

"I sought help after trying to kill myself as that was the lowest I had ever been," she explains.

"It's hard to explain to someone who has never experienced a mental health problem but it is so much more than just feeling down.
"I have my medication sorted now and I have the support of my wonderful family and members of Walsall Service User Empowerment group which I have chaired for 20 years.

"I do still have bad days when I cannot physically get out of bed. I can't go out and I can't face people.

"That's impossible to understand unless you've been there. But one in four people will end up there as that's the number of people affected by a mental health issue."