I am simply here to say: ‘happy mental health awareness week’. Whether you take this seriously or ironically, I don’t mind.
I feel like mental health week isn’t something that should be necessary. The purpose of it is to encourage people to feel comfortable opening up and to reduce the stigma around asking for help. This is something that should be encouraged every day yet stigma is present all around us.
I personally can’t understand why it still exists, it’s 2020; mental health is just as important as physical health and should be equally as important on every single other day of the year!
A week promoting it is just not doing enough, in fact, in some ways, it’s doing more damage. I think it’s an insult that it takes a few pretty posters and campaigns to remind people to simply ask the question “how are you” or to let someone know you’re there.
We all have our own mental health. Some of us are fortunate to have mostly good days or lives where good days outweigh the bad. Others of us are clawing at the barrel to make it through each day or struggling to remember what it means to be human. Every individual is different, but everyone’s mental health is valid.
People continue to throw around the words ‘depression’ and anxiety’ as if it’s confetti and fail to see that to some people these are serious mental health conditions that affect daily living. Tiny gestures that mock individuals mentality or belittle their emotions. It’s unkind.
Quite often people who are affected by mental illness will feel isolated and scared. The fact that people think it’s okay to make them feel even worse is just beyond me.
The theme of this year’s mental health awareness week is kindness, a trait which a lot of us already possess. But for those of you who don’t or could be kind more often, take the time to speak to friends and encourage them through a challenging week. It’s never too late to be kind.
I plan on posting every day this week (health providing) and each day I am going to set a challenge. Today’s challenge is:
Look after yourselves and your family. Stay safe 💗