I do not consider myself as someone who knows a lot about mental health, but in recent years I have many friends who have revealed to me the mental health issues they suffer from and I myself do too. So yes, I do not know a lot nor do I claim that I do but it is for this reason that I am always eager to learn more about it, and so should you. #BellLetsTalk is amazing because you see the immense outpour of support from people worldwide but let’s not forget that talking about mental health is not limited to just that day. Mental health has become such a huge part of my life that I find myself having conversations with family, friends, and even strangers about it daily and often unintentionally. Whether it’s me teaching them something new, me learning something, or together learning something knew, the conversation is ongoing.
The important thing about talking about mental health is that it provides those who are suffering from a mental health issue a healthy environment in which they feel comfortable enough to get the help they need. Admitting to not only others but to yourself that you have a mental health issue is a tough process especially in an environment that isn’t understanding. So keep talking! Don’t be afraid to ask questions because that’s the only way you’re going to learn and evolve! Living with a mental health issue isn’t easy but support from everyone makes it that much better!