- Psychological Issues
mental health illnesses affect 1 in 4 people. Is it really right that 90% of those face stigma and discrimination because of it? Mental health illnesses are a lot more common than most people think and in this post, I am going to go over why people don’t talk about mental health, why you should raise awareness for mental health and ways you can.
I have my own blog called Depression For Teens where I talk about mental health illnesses such as depression and ways to raise awareness as well as various other things so be sure to take a look!
Those who suffer from mental health rarely talk about it openly because they are scared of being judged and looked down upon. Society has made mental health illnesses seem like a bad thing which is why people hide having them. This is why you might be thinking “if mental health illnesses are so common then why don’t I know anyone with any?”, trust me, the odds are you do – you just don’t know about it.
Here are some facts on mental health:
By talking about mental health you will be raising awareness. And by raising awareness, you will be helping give confidence to those suffering and helping them to talk about how they feel. Now that in itself is a huge help to all those who are suffering from mental health illnesses.
For someone suffering from a mental health illness, it is already hard enough. Then on top of that, they end up having a constant fear of being judged and looked down upon. People get colds and coughs right? Just like that, people get a mental health illness. My teacher described depression as “a cough in your brain”.
I’m going to tell you a short story about a friend of mine. Maybe a real life example will help show you that what I am saying is indeed true.
I always had this one friend who I would openly talk to about how I feel. I felt she understood and cared. Little did I know that the person who helped me the most was fighting her own battle with depression.
Eventually, I put together some pieces and figured it out. Nobody, except me, actually knew about the battle she was facing. So I proceeded to ask her why she never told anyone and why she’s fighting it all alone. Her answer was “People would judge and look down on me”.
That just proves my point, and it hurt me when I heard her answer. We help each other now, and I hope nobody else has to suffer alone.
So I’m going to assume you want to help out now. Here are 5 ways you can do so. These 5 are actually from an E-Book I wrote for my website. You can download this E-Book for free. The E-Book goes into all the details of these 5 points and gives you examples for raising mental health awareness so if you are interested then be sure to check it out.
Here are some mental health charities that you can donate to. These sites also have a lot of information related to mental health so be sure to check out what they have to offer!
Below are three popular places where people have shared their mental health stories.
There’s nothing to be ashamed of when sharing your story. You also should not feel pressured into sharing stuff you don’t want to – it’s up to you. After sharing your story, you can even go a step further and share it on your social media!
Thanks for having a read and together we can stop the stigma 🙂