Uh-oh! She wants to talk about mental health again. Well, why shouldn’t we? I hate that a stigma remains in society surrounding the topic of ‘mental health’. Lack of knowledge and understanding has lead to the mumbling of uneducated voices when they see or hear about something unfamiliar to them. We are all different, have different beliefs & tolerate life stressors in different ways- so who is to say what is ‘normal’ and what is ‘abnormal’? Mental health isn’t something to ignore, it’s something to embrace.
1 in 4 people live with a mental health problem. 1 in 4. That means it could be a family member, your friend or even your children. “No, I would know about that.” Would you? Why would people expose their struggles when some members of society are so quick to jump to conclusions and stereotype? People hide from the stigma floating around the UK and this often prevents people from seeking help and support. Lets stop this. Lets help. Lets talk Mental Health.
We all experience our own challenges throughout our lives. There is no such thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ mental health, but a ginormous continuum of which we all have our place. I for one understand what it is like to feel like nobody understands- completely alone but surrounded by so many people- but I also understand the benefits of talking to people you trust and having a strong support network. Loyal and understanding friends and family change everything.
“So what can I do?”. Well, diagnosis or not, we all need support throughout difficult times of our lives. Don’t be afraid to ASK. Just ensure that you are prepared for the answer. You don’t need to be able to fully understand or have advice to hand- but do not be frightened of the answer. Just LISTEN and be supportive. Letting someone get their deepest thoughts and feelings off their chest is often help in itself. Try to OBSERVE your relative or friend and take note of how their behaviours and attitudes change when they perhaps aren’t feeling as well as usual.
It may also be useful to SEARCH LOCAL SUPPORT and be confident to direct someone towards help if necessary. Unless already involved, we often do not know what support is available for us. Finally, CHALLENGE THE STIGMA and educate people about the reality of living with a mental illness. Let’s tackle the negativity that unfortunately tends to go hand-in-hand with the subject.
Thanks for reading & i’d love to hear your thoughts regarding the stigma of mental health. Also, what else could people do to support others?
Kayleigh Rose x
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