Mental health has a unique impact on everyone. The main fact is that everyone has mental health, whether it is healthy or not in the best shape. As it is mental health awareness week, I have decided to create a little awareness for mental health in the way that I can... through blogging.
Mental health has always been a big part of my life and ever since a young age, it has impacted my life in many ways. There are many things that I have learnt throughout my experience, the main thing being that just because you don't understand someone else's problem, it doesn't mean it isn't true. As it has been a part of my life since a young age, it has been something that I've been very good at trying to hide. However just because you see someone struggling out loud doesn't make any difference, everyone has their own personalities and cope with things in different ways. Even if someone comes up to you and it looks like they are making a fuss, it isn't always that way. You could be the only person that they can talk to at that time. It is easy to quickly judge people, but that is what makes mental health a lot harder to battle. As Suli Breaks says "problems with mental health are hard enough, being judged makes it harder".
It is sad to think that in modern days society, there is still a stigma attached to mental health. People seem to make their own opinions on mental health, that are either influenced by the media or gossip. People assume that everyone with depression, for example, are sad and self harm. Although some do, not all people with depression act the same way, some people look happy on the outside when they feel numb on the inside.
Without people being fully educated on what the different types of mental health are actually like, they tend to misuse the words which can go on to prevent someone seeking help. There is a group of volunteers called the Mentality Project, who have a campaign called "my mental health is NOT an adjective" and personally I think that this is a great phrase to help create awareness.
I'm no professional with mental health, however if you think that you're mental health is not as healthy as it should be; I highly recommend you talk to a counsellor, therapist or even a loved one. Don't bottle it up, it's not healthy. It is better to get it checked out now, before it is too late.
Never be ashamed or nervous about what people may think. Even if it is that you are having a bad day, by talking to someone who cares, can really make a huge difference. If you do talk to a loved one and are notice it is getting worst seek professional help, talk to your doctors about it, as they can direct you to the right people.
If you have however already acknowledged this, you are not alone. As cliché as it may sound, there are people who are going through a similar thing somewhere else in the world and there are people there to help you.