Mental Health issues affect 1 in 4 people in the UK each year, so even if you don’t suffer yourself, you are pretty much guaranteed to know someone (or many people) that do. And yet, talking about mental illness is still seen as a taboo. It is hushed up and down-played, people are embarrassed for those suffering. Things are changing – there are celebrities talking now, not just charities and support networks. People are starting to listen and understand. But far too often, ‘mental health’ is seen as a synonym for ‘depression’. And whilst depression is a massive mental health issue (the most commonly diagnosed in the UK), it is not the only one. Today, I am talking to Nick, whose mental health struggles are not those of depression, but PTSD and EUPD.
Break the Taboo
Talking about mental health is beginning to become more socially accepted, but accepting that you have a mental health issue is still incredibly tough. If you think you have a mental health issue, check out my top tips on starting the conversation, and try to remember that you are not in this on your own.
Suffering from a mental health issue can feel extremely lonely and isolating, so it is important to remember that you are not alone. The WHO estimates that 1 in 4 people worldwide will suffer some form of mental illness at some point in their lives. So you are not alone, but that feeling will likely persist. I created this interview series to share the mental health journeys of others, and to share insights into different mental health issues.
For someone opening up about their mental health, it is difficult. But it isn’t necessarily any easier to be the person they open up to. It can feel like an immense pressure, especially if you are the only one they have opened up to. Chances are, the reason you were chosen to be spoken to is because they believe you are trustworthy, caring and compassionate – so it is a compliment – but it is a compliment with strings.
Talking about your mental health issues is scary. It is highly personal and often seen as a weakness. But in reality, being able to talk about it is a huge step. And it shows huge amounts of strength. If you are trying to build up the courage to talk to someone for the first time, check out my here.
The first time you open up about your mental health is likely to be difficult. Choosing the right person to speak to can feel daunting, the person should be someone you feel comfortable with and trust, such as a friend, parent or partner. Try to choose a time when the conversation will not have to be cut short, and in a place where you feel comfortable.
Talking about mental health is hard. Partially because it has been seen as a taboo for a long time, and partially because it is simply hard to explain what is going on inside your head. But things are slowly changing. I have created an interview series about mental health to share with you all. Please remember how personal each journey is, and opening up about it is scary and leaves you feeling extremely vulnerable. Without further ado, I shall begin my first mental health interview!
One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.
– Linda Poindexter
I have a post to write on travelling with an anxiety disorder, but I want to do it justice, so it is going to take some time and editing.
I hope to have it up here by Monday night, but as I said, I want it to be right as this is important to me, and to the people that I need to write it for.