Since 1949, May has been observed as National Mental Health Awareness Month.
During the month of May advocates for mental health educate their communities on mental health issues, treatment options, and ways to reduce the stigma of mental health.
Mental Health Awareness Month is important because mental health issues can affect anyone. No one is immune.
Many people believe because they may have not been diagnosed with a mental illness such as chemical depression, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder, that they don’t need to think about mental health.
Well, they are wrong. Post postpartum depression, feelings of anxiety, and self-isolation are just many of the mental health issues that touch the lives of us all.
But the thing is, most people are too proud or ashamed to admit it. They say to themselves: “If I ask for help, that will mean something is wrong with me.” “What if they think I’m crazy?” “I don’t need anyone’s help!”
As someone who worked in mental health, I’ve heard all the above too many times to count. And, you know what: Yes, there may be something chemically wrong with you. People may think you are crazy. You do need someone’s help.
However, does it mean you should be loved any less than someone that has been diagnosed with cancer, or stigmatized?! Hell no!
Your life is more important than anyone’s judgement. Asking for help, and seeking treatment, is one of the bravest thing anyone can do for themselves.
This month I encourage you to visit your health care professional and ask for a mental health evaluation, if you feel you are struggling with mental health.
If you aren’t having any mental health struggles I ask you be a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, and stop shaming your family and friends into not seeking help. You never know if you will be the link that keeps someone from taking their own life.
It’s up to each one of us to seek the support we need, and to not judge another person’s mental health struggle.
With that being said, won’t you take the stigma out of mental health during Mental Health Awareness month and every month?
For more information on Mental Health Awareness Month, please visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
What will you do during Mental Health Awareness Month?
XOXO, Miss Foodie Fab!