World Mental Health Day
Today is world mental health day, a day dedicated to bringing awareness to all mental health conditions around the world. Those of us who live with mental health conditions are aware of the pervasive stigma that surrounds mental health which directly impacts our mental health and access to services. Today is not the only day we should be talking about mental health; we urge you to have these conversations other days of the year as talking is one way to destigmatize.
What can you do to help spread awareness and continue the conversation:
Share your story: If you have a personal story about living with a mental health condition, share it! The more we talk, the more we destigmatize.
Research and learn: If you are not familiar with mental health conditions and how they impact individuals personally, professionally, in their community and globally do some research and learn about the statics and lived experience those with mental health conditions face.
Offer support and resources to loved ones: If you have a friend or family member who is struggling with a mental health condition, reach out and offer support. Just that act alone could help someone get the help and support they need.
Don’t use mental health conditions as adjectives: Expressions such as “the weather is so bipolar” or “I am so OCD” further stigmatizes mental health conditions as they are used to describe something/someone as mentally strange, demeaning those living with a mental health condition.
If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out for help.