What Everyone Should Know About Mental Health

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“I’m losing my mind.” “You’re crazy!” “This is mental!” “Are you insane?” These are everyday lines that we think little of, but it’s about as far as conversations surrounding mental health ever go.

Thanks to, of all things, a TV comertial, I recently learned that May is mental health month. So, I decided now was as good a time as ever to talk about something that few people do and more people should; mental illness, or mental health. Personally, I find the term Mental illness to be slightly extreme for all cases, but to each their own.

The last few years have taught me, if nothing else, to become more aware of my own mental health. Along the way, I began to learn why these topics are kept so quiet and what kinds of things people with or without a mental health condition should know. To start off the month, let’s break a few barriers and discuss some important pieces of mental health awareness.

  • Mental health conditions take many different forms. It can range in severity and will effect every person in their own way.
  • Not everyone who encounters mental health challenges has a diagnosis, takes medication, or goes to therapy.
  • Mental health fluctuates, just like physical health can. Some times are fine, others not so hot.
  • Anyone can experience difficulties with their mental health at any time, for any number of reasons.
  • It’s important to be aware of your own emotional needs, as well as develop strategies for those moments when everything is going wild.
  • To the same point, it’s equally important for everyone with or without mental health disorders to maintain open dialogue in this regard.
  • People who struggle with their mental health may seem perfectly normal, functioning just like anyone else. More often than not, we are well-versed in handling our internal messes.
  • If you believe someone you’re close to is having a rough go of things, just check in with them. Supportive networks go a long way.
  • Remember that even if someone doesn’t take you up on the offer, doesn’t seem receptive, isn’t wanting to talk, etc, it doesn’t mean they aren’t appreciative or uncaring. Sometimes those reactions come with the territory.
  • If you feel like your challenges are to difficult to overcome, There are loads of resources that can help. There’s no shame in calling a hotline, finding a therapist, needing medication, or going to a support group. No one’s in this alone.

Let’s keep the conversation going to continue breaking down the stigmas surrounding mental health. Any tips you think I missed? I’ve got other plans for related topics but would be glad to hear others’ thoughts. Comment below or shoot me a reply on social media. Also, there’s an exciting new way to support the blog with some sweet perks.

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3 Comments

  1. Asking for a friend.
    Do you have any tips on how to not be depressed, when your other half goes away from people including there boyfriend for a wile?
    he’s been dealing with it for 2 to 3 weeks now, and does not know what to do.
    he misses her, but does not want to push her away
    also, he want’s to say that he is sorry for showing his sadness, his gf reads this, so I figured she should know that he apologises for failing her by showing sadness

    1. Depression often goes hand in hand with anxiety, and the two of them make a crazy couple like your friend and your friend’s friend. Talking out feelings with trusted third parties is a great way to get the emotions out of the system, however getting said people involved just never yields the ideal results. Knowledge of the depression of someone one is close too can have the unfortunate effect of making an anxious person anxious, and that’s no fault of either of theirs because no one can help their messy whacked out emotions. Sometimes, depressed or anxious people take space away to regroup and recharge, much to others’ disappointment. Then they find out someone they’re closed to is depressed because of it and well, that freaks them out even more because they blame themselves, don’t know how to help with the depression, overanalyze everything and think the depressed person is totally pissed. If the person isn’t good at talking through emotions, this can be especially true.
      It’s probably not apologies she needs, because unless she’s a complete jerk she doesn’t blame him for his feelings. What she may unknowingly need is reassurance that he’s still there and understanding and not angry or blaming her or anything like that.
      Hmmm. I’m kinda good at this. I feel rather smart now

      1. Interestingly, when I was being bullied in school years ago, it was recommended I see a councillor outside of school by my paediatrician at the time I couldn’t tell a soul. one day, I saw said councillor and my mother was in the councillor’s office with me. I was pretty upset at the time and the councillor said she was observing whether I may be showing signs of clinickal depression. I wonder if that was leading to a diagnosis or that was just some observations. my mother was of the belief at that time that depression was just in the mind and didn’t exist. I don’t believe that and I will never believe that because as far as I’m concerned it does exist we had a lady and her mother living nextdoor to us at the time and the daughter had bipolar disorder. I found out over a month later that this councillor had left her post as a councillor but was still working within the same agency in another role. Inicially I was told that she had left as what I was telling her had made her have a nervous breakdown. this I questioned because to me this was wrong on so many levels. I found out later that the councillor didn’t tell me it was our last counciling session and because I was pretty upset at the time she spared me from the truth so as not to make things worse I’ve largely ignored this and will continue to ignore it because I’m doing things I love doing and that keep me busy.

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