End The Stigma Of Mental Health
It’s now Mental Health Awareness month, as someone who has suffered from anxiety all her life and depression I am making it my mission to raise awareness of mental health.
We need to be able to talk about mental health the same way we discuss physical illness. Everyone’s mental health journey is unique to them, and you are not damaged or broken because you have mental health issues.
Getting treatment for your mental health is now just as common as going to the dentist. The first step is to get an appointment with a professional.
Mental illness can happen to any of us at any point in our lives if you are experiencing excessive fears, or extreme feelings of guilt, drastic mood changes of highs and lows. Withdrawal from friends and feeling extremely tired.
Invisible Illnesses Are Real:
For those of us what are living with Invisible illnesses, chronic pain needs to be more understood just because something isn’t visible; it doesn’t mean it is not happening. Mental health problems don’t define who you are as a person.
A mental health disorder can range from mild to severe, and like any medical condition, many factors can trigger illness. More than 50% of individuals will discover they have a mental illness in their lifetime.
- Anxiety disorders
- Substance use
- Eating disorders
- Personality disorders
The list is endless, and I could on, but we need to end the stigma because it’s OK not to be OK. We need to continue to reach out to one another.
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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month:
May is mental health awareness month, start your day with an act of kindness, reach out to someone who may be on their own, or someone who you haven’t spoken to in a while.
Everyone has a story to tell. A powerful way to inspire hope is to share our stories.
Never be ashamed of seeking help; there is no reason to be ashamed of having mental health, avoid anyone around you who is impacting negatively on you, removing toxic people from your life is called Self-Care.
The way people treat you is a statement about who they are as a human being. It is not a statement about you.