JacksGap Lets Talk About Mental Health
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The other day my friend confided to me. She said that she has been feeling depressed and worse than that, she’d been feeling incredibly alone in her situation. This struck a chord with me, because not too long ago, I too was feeling depressed and I too was feeling incredibly alone and some what shamed about my feelings. So I started to ask few friends about whether that had ever experienced depression or any symptoms related to mental health. Every single one of them said that they had and almost all of them had never spoken to me or anyone else about it.
Mental illness is a thing. It exists. In fact one of four people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. So if you are not affected by them, one of your friends and family are, and if you don’t know anyone with the mental illness it’s probably because they haven’t told you and they haven’t told you because there’s a social stigma attached to mental health. From what I’ve seen more often than not people dealing with a mental illness, finding it harder to deal with the stigma than they do the mental illness itself. And that is crazy because the stigma is created by us, so a mental illness constitutes as an anxiety, anorexia, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia, post traumatic stress and borderline personality disorder.
Ultimately we need to find an effective medication and treatment to deal with these illnesses. And that is happening every year that passes we’re becoming increasingly knowledgeable about mental illnesses. Depression, for example, is one of the best documented illnesses in the world. However, what we are not doing is talking about it and until we do that nothing is going to change.
Now the stigma surrounding mental health isn’t surprising – at all. A mental illness generally suggests that something is wrong with the brain. Our brain is our control center, it’s responsible for everything we do and the idea of something being wrong with the brain, generally suggests that we’re out of control and as humans we hate that idea. We hate it so much that we just don’t talk about it. We sweep it under the rug and pretend that is not there. But it is mental illnesses are a thing, they’re real and they’re very present and we need to talk about them.
A guy called Kevin Breel put it like this, when we break our arm, everyone runs forward to sign the cast, but when we say we have depression, everyone runs the other way. Now I’m not a doctor, but I know that my heart in my organ the same as my brain is an organ. So why don’t we treat them the same. Mental health disabilities are an illness, not a weakness they are an issue, not an identity. It’s okay to be suffering from a mental illness, but it’s not okay to not talk about it, because then we achieved nothing.
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I’ve opened up a discussion board on our website and I like to know your thoughts on the stigma surrounding mental health. If it’s easier, feel free to use the comments below. Also if you are a creator on this platform, whether you have an audience, large or small, I challenge you to talk about mental health. This year should be the year that we talk about it and the Internet should be the place where that starts. I’d also love to create some of event around this, this year, some sort of event to raise awareness and also money for mental health.
If you have any thoughts surrounding that, let me know that in the comments below. And finally, there is some amazing charities surrounding mental health and creating awareness of mental health, specifically mind and the Time to Change campaign. I leave with the links for that in the box below. Anyway, those are my thoughts for this week. On another note entirely we have a short documentary coming out next week. So keep an eye for that and that is everything.
I will see you soon. Good bye.
The charities mentioned in the video.
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