Let's Get Talking About Mental Health
The year 2020 has been a year like no other and everyone’s experience has been unique. We have lived through a global pandemic and our lives have changed.
This has raised a greater fear that struggles with mental health has become more prevalent in people's lives and perhaps appeared for the first time for some. It also emphasised the fact that much more attention needs to be focused on mental health. It very often falls under the radar because we can’t “see” it – so we don’t necessarily always address it. This is why we all need to get more vocal about mental health!
Words are powerful; the more we talk, the more we break down the stigma around sharing our feelings. If you are struggling, don’t be afraid to open up. Sometimes friends or family aren’t an option, but there are so many charities out there ready to lend an ear. If you are concerned about your own mental health please have a look here where there is a whole plethora of organisations to help.
You should never feel ashamed of feelings that are impacting your life and affecting your mental health. What you are feeling is real and that is why it’s so important to let other people know. Remember: it is ok not to be ok.
If lockdown has taught us anything it was the importance of people, conversations and more importantly, kindness. We saw endless acts of kindness to bring hope or just a smile. If we all continue to adopt kindness then perhaps we can add a little brightness to someone who may truly need it.
Let’s all judge less and talk more.
Do you have a loved one that is struggling with their mental health? Very often if we see someone we care about struggling with their mental health we may never know what the best thing to say or do is. The charity Mind has a fantastic page of great tips and advice on how to help and talk to someone who may be finding life more challenging. Take a look here: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helping-someone-else/
If you are finding you have tried different methods and still feel lost, please seek advice from your doctor.