Help with Mental Health

  • 05 Feb 2018 20:44

In order to say it’s OK to talk about mental illness we must first remind ourselves that mental illness can affect anyone.

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Mental Health

There are a lot of myths about mental illness. Due to stigma, or negative attitudes, and lack of understanding of what mental illness is, people who suffer from mental health feel that they are in the dark. This lack of clarity can lead people to feel isolated, misunderstood and even destructive.

In order to say it’s OK to talk about mental illness we must first remind ourselves that mental illness can affect anyone. It is not the result of character, personal defects, and poor upbringing. When we can accurately point out, name and define mental illness we can have a common vocabulary to talk about it.

We need to actively see that it is OK to talk about mental health. As thousands of people are diagnosed with a mental illness any given year, only 20% of those that need treatment will receive it. Furthermore, we need to see that there is no shame to seek help by making it an ok thing to do.

Although it can be difficult to discuss personal issues, proven strategies such as listening and being compassionate to one another can have the best outcome.

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