Mental Health May

Have you ever faced a mental illness? Do you belittle people for having a mental illness? There are so many people around the world struggling with a mental illness but are not able to speak up because of the social stigma surrounding it. People are made fun of or told that they are faking it for attention when they try to speak up. Every May; the Mental Illness Month is celebrated for people to speak out and tell their stories to help #breakthestigma around mental illness because it is not a joke but a serious condition where people need help and support but instead have the society telling them that there is no such thing. Telling an individual with depression to ‘just be happy’ is like telling someone who is paralyzed to just walk. They are in pain and have to face everyday tasks trapped within their minds with such negative thoughts but no one sees it. Be kind to those facing such pain because you will never know the hardships they face ; the added benefit to helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and well being. It can reduce stress and help us empathize with those around us making us feel a part of something bigger than ourselves. Although the general viewpoint surrounding mental health has become significantly better, we still have a long way to go. Due to social media and the portrayal of mental illness in movies and shows along with the lack of education has caused people to have a stereotypical opinion in people with mental illness and create a negative stigma around it. Stigma affects not only the people seeking treatment, but also the number of resources available for proper treatment. Stigma and misinformation can feel like overwhelming obstacles for someone who is struggling with a mental health condition. Educate yourself and those around you because even if you help only one person; if each one of us only one person, it can create such a difference and help so many. It can even save a life. Human beings are social animals, we need each other to survive and thrive but if we turn against each other, then what hope do we have?

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