Mental health is finally being spoken about in a more public platform. Individuals in the public eye are speaking out, giving advice and discussing what it is like to live with mental health issues. This month is Mental Health Awareness Month and so I thought I would share some updates with you guys and ways in which you can help a friend or loved one out if they are struggling ❤
People often say they are shocked to hear I suffer with mental health issues as I come across as bubbly, confident and happy. I am easy to talk to, approachable and tend to be the extrovert of the group, or so people say anyway.
Like most people, I wear a mask day-to-day. Everyone does. Everyone can only be 100% themselves with their closest family, friends, loved ones, or even by themselves. Just because someone comes across as happy, bubbly, confident, at ease.. it doesn’t mean they are. Absolutely everyone you see in your day-to-day life is wearing a mask, they put on a smile and they go out and live as normally as they can. Everyone does. It is just that some people are struggling a little more than others on the inside.
The one thing we can all do as humans to help each other is to not presume that everyone is fine and no one is dealing with their own personal battles.
Everyone has things they struggle with, things they are dealing with privately. Let’s stop presuming that this isn’t the case. Everyone has something. Let’s just be kind. If we see someone upset in public, ask if they are okay. See if they need help. Give all you can to others, it is human to help someone who can’t help themselves.
Always be supportive of your friends and loved ones. You have no idea when something will happen in your life when you need that support to be reciprocated. Be a nice person, it’s as simple as that.
I hope that this will help someone see things from a different angle, you may be feeling pretty great at the moment and things are going pretty well in your life, however, this can be snatched away so quickly. Life has a funny way of reminding you just how little control you have over things. Be nice to the people you care about, be supportive, help others when you can. Be a nice person.
Mental Health Awareness is something that we all need to bring to the forefront of conversations so that it becomes less of a taboo subject and becomes part of our everyday life.
1 in 3 people will be affected by Mental Health Issues at some point in their life. That’s a pretty scary statistic. That means that the vast majority of people you know will struggle with their mental health at some point. Let’s just remember that and be more human ❤