The stigma and lack of mental health awareness only worsens mental health issues. With increased mental health awareness comes more support and care for those who need it. Most people are not aware that May is Mental Health Month, and you may be wondering what that means for you, right? Whether you have a mental health issue or not, you need to know that mental health is as important as physical health. Actually, mental health and physical health are intertwined. One can rarely have one without the other, they feed each other.
Mental Health Awareness Month gives us all the opportunity to combat the negative attitudes, misconceptions, prejudices and discriminations around mental health in our communities.
So, how can you help?
Remove the stigma
There can be so many assumptions made when it comes to mental illness but there is really so much we still don’t understand. And when it comes down to it what we should be doing is trying to see the person and not the illness. Those things do not have to define you or the life you live and they shouldn’t define others struggling as well.
Be open and spread awareness
When we talk about things and bring them into the light they can lose so much of their destructive power. Being open with your own journey or just encouraging a loved one on their changes the dynamic of what people assume mental illness is and how it can impact each of our lives.
Help yourself and others
If you are struggling with any form of mental illness I encourage you to seek help. There is no shame in seeking help for things you are struggling with and it can be one of the bravest things you do. Spread awareness, spread love and be kind! You have no idea what those around you are walking through so I encourage you to be kind to each person you see today, smile, be helpful and invest in those around you. The more we spread these types of actions the more we can change the world!
Show individuals respect and acceptance
This removes a significant barrier to successfully coping with their illness. Having people see you as an individual and not as your illness can make the biggest difference for someone who is struggling with their mental health.
Learn about mental health
Learning more about this subject allows us to provide helpful support to those affected in our families and communities.
By raising awareness of mental health this month – and throughout the year – we can increase the number of people who are leading healthier, happier, and more-balanced lives. I challenge you to use this information and share it with a family member, friend, colleague, and/or neighbor. Together, we can help build strong, mentally well communities.