- August 14, 2017
- Posted by: Stephen Coleclough
- Category: Mental Health
1 in 3 adults will suffer with a mental health problem sometime this year, according to research done by Mind, the mental health charity.
However, most people with mental health issues will have felt alone and abandoned by things in their life they thought they could trust, like the way they think or the things they used to like.
Mental health is an insidious thing that tells sufferers that they are the only ones who feel this way, that they are freaks, and it would be better if they were not there.
It is important to remember that mental illness lies.
However, because people are reluctant to divulge their health problems to others—especially at work, because of cases of discrimination.
Discrimination, though, might not happen as often if people were more open about their mental health conditions.
Almost everyone knows somebody with a mental health problem, but somehow we still think mental illness is rare.
Talking about mental health is one way to break down stigma or fear associated with discussing mental illness.
Once people realise that they are not alone—that there is real evidence that a friend or family member also suffers from depression, or OCD, or bipolar disorder, because they are talking about it right now—they are likely to feel a tiny bit better.
And when your brain is fighting you, a tiny bit better is a big step forward.
Many therapies for mental illness—like cognitive behavioural therapy or psychotherapy—revolve around talking.
If you’ve never opened up before, it can be terrifying.
You might not be able to get the words out around what’s fully bothering you if you’ve never spoken up or heard other speak up about mental illness before.
However, if you know how useful talking can be, even if it’s just sharing experiences of mental illness with a friend, you’ll be able to make the most of your sessions earlier on.
Most of all, talking about mental illness can normalise it, as well as prove to the world that those with such illnesses aren’t weak.
Some sufferers will be the strongest people you know.
Even stars like Youtuber Zoella, actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and musician Beyonce have opened up about their struggles with mental health—proving that mental illness can be overcome and that it can’t stop you from living your dreams.