Mental Health

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Health and Fitness  |  House: Booksie Classic

About the stigma around mental health.

Broken. Lonely. Those are just two of the thousands of words I can think of to describe how it feels. Nobody quite seems to understand what it’s like to struggle with your mental health. No one understands how hard it is to get up in the morning knowing you have to push through another day, another day of faking happiness. It’s almost as if if you struggle, speaking up about it will make people see you in a different way. No one realises that just because you open up about something doesn’t mean you're a different person. It just means they didn’t know you as well as they thought they did. 

 

School. One of the hardest things to do when you are struggling with your mental health. No matter the mental health illness it’s a struggle. If you have anxiety you are in constant fight or flight mode and it is so exhausting. You are constantly worrying about what others are thinking about you. It's not as easy as ‘not caring about what others think’ because no matter how hard you try not to care it’s still playing on your mind. Those who struggle with depression, they may have no motivation or energy yet when they get to school they seem to be the happiest student who tries so hard to make sure everyone else is happy. Everyone tells them to ‘just be happy’ but it doesn’t work like that. If you could just be happy, depression wouldn’t be a thing. It’s not a choice to be depressed or struggle with anxiety. Nor are they words you can just use as an adjective. Yes people get anxious before a test or before speaking in front of people but those who have anxiety feel like that constantly and often, more severely. Of course, people may feel sad if you didn’t do well in a test or if you weren’t chosen to be in a play but that’s not depression. Everyone seems to think that you can use mental health illnesses as an illness yet they don’t understand what it’s like to experience them.

 

Mental health has such a huge stigma around it yet one quarter of the world's population have some form of mental health illness. I don’t understand why there is such a stigma. Mental health should be so much more widely spoken about because those who struggle with their mental health find it so difficult to speak up about it due to the stigma. For example, people say to open up about your mental health and get the help you need yet when you do they just brush it off and tell you to ‘just be happy’ or to stop caring about what others think. It just doesn’t make sense. If we could just be happy or stop caring what others think, do you not think we would’ve done that by now? Nobody understands that when we tell them about our struggles we want them to help us. Not necessarily them themselves but we want help to get professional help so we can get the treatment we need. 

 

 


Submitted: December 15, 2020

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Minion of Coeus

I appreciate you sharing writing about this and sharing it. As you have gone to more depth on mental health, if you have time, I wrote a piece called Go North on my page, and any thoughts you may have on the philosophy would be awesome.

Tue, December 15th, 2020 6:01pm

hullabaloo22

Well said.

Tue, December 15th, 2020 7:12pm

LE. Berry

Thanks for sharing an important piece m.louise

Tue, December 15th, 2020 10:05pm

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