“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.