Breaking the Stigma

As most of you know, it was World Mental Health Day a few weeks ago, on the 10th October to be precise and, as someone who suffers from mental health, I’ve been debating for a long time whether to share my experiences. I’ve written a few blog posts about mental health in the past but took them down due to fear of being judged although, as many of my readers have approached me with questions regarding mental health, the best thing for me to do is to talk openly about it and encourage other people to do the same.

I am still me no matter what my mental health. Niki Mcbain

Mental health is slowly becoming something that we can talk about openly, although there is still a strong stigma associated with it, almost like it’s taboo and we must remain silent. It’s extremely difficult to deal with mental health and many people experience at least one mental illness throughout their lives, the most common being anxiety which can quickly lead to depression.

Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It’s the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with. Adam Ant

It’s 2017 and it’s hard to believe that there is still a negative aura attached to mental illness, almost like we are forbidden to discuss it, even though it has such a strong impact on many members of society. Celebrities have been coming out over the past few years with their own stories, inspiring suffers and letting them know that, while they are still going through tough times, it’s possible to do well in life and to not let it take control.

Don’t be ashamed of your story. It will inspire others. Unknown

For those of you who are also dealing with mental health, speak up. I sat in silence for a good few years and, as soon as I started talking about what I was going through, I started getting the help I needed. I understand the feeling denying that there is something wrong as it is extremely difficult to sit there and admit you need help, but that it the first and most important step in the recovery process. The only person who can make that change is you.

Don’t be ashamed to admit you are vulnerable. Recognize you’re taking the first steps to save your own life. Carole Anne Trisler 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Emily says:

    Such a lovely post! Really helpful for those struggling with mental health issues

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  2. Teri says:

    Thank you. I don’t know when Mental Health stigma will go down. I always found it ironic that I got a degree in Psychology yet struggle with mental health. Even with my degree, it took me a long time to understand how to get help. Even when deciding to get help, it can be hard to know where to go or who to trust. Sometimes insurance doesn’t cover it and it only gets worse when it delays. I finally founf that my hospital has a whole mental health team and section. Boy did they give me the run around though! It’s double hard to be your advocate when you are ill! Well I think stories like yours are good to get out. The more we talk about it, the more everyone will realize that we are all going through the same or similar things. It’s just we all hide and then we don’t realize we could have had support all along if there was no stigma associated.

    Teri – http://MillennialAdulting.life

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