Oh hi there,
Today is World Mental Health Day and I am talking about how mental health is no joke. I have touched on how mental health affects my life before and less than a week ago I took a giant leap and asked for help for my own issues. (You can read about that on my Insta.)
Lately, I have noticed how mental health problems can be joked about. Numerous people throw around the word ‘depressed‘ to describe boredom or dislike without realising what depression actually is, or how it really feels. This week alone I have seen people ‘joke‘ about suicide and the uneducated “What have you got to be depressed about?” statement.
Mental health is no joke.
I am one of the four, my husband, my mother and some of my friends are one in four. It’s inevitable that you know someone who is affected by mental health, but the stigma around mental illness still stands. Why?
I feel like people don’t realise how their words can affect someone struggling with mental health issues. Is there enough information or education out there to help people understand how serious suffering inside your own mind is?! Doubtful.
Someone suffering from mental illness does not want to hear your jokes. In the depths of their mental illness, they want you to accept their braveness to speak out, to communicate or to just embrace who they are. No jokes, no judgement.
This week I spoke out about my anxiety, I went to the doctor and I asked for help. All things I didn’t think I would ever find the courage to do. I don’t feel like I am a joke. I felt weak until my family, friends and a load of strangers on social media helped me feel accepted, and today I feel relief. Relief that I overcame my fears and actually asked for some help. Am I a joke?!
No, I’m not.
I’m blogging daily as part of Blogtober17, you can find more posts here.