TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH
With millions of Americans being affected by mental illness every year, it’s important to address this issue and talk about the impacts.
Approximately 1 in 5 adults, 43.8 million Americans, experience some form of mental illness in a given year. The topic of mental illness has been difficult to openly discuss over the years and many people view mental health with a negative stigma. With these issues becoming increasingly prevalent, it’s imperative that we move mental health to the forefront of conversation topics and have transparent discussions about how we are truly feeling. At RCi, we stress the importance of effectively communicating the negative thoughts and feelings that many people face.
WHY TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH?
We want people to understand the benefits of talking about mental health and encourage people to talk openly about mental health.
Remove the Stigma - By talking about mental illness on a more regular basis, we as a society will hopefully unveil the false notions that plague this topic. When these myths are debunked, it should help remove the stigma surrounding mental health.
Mental Health Disorders are Growing - The prevalence of some mental health disorders has risen in the past few decades. One study found that the occurrences of Major Depressive Episode in the youth have increased from 11.93% to 12.63% in one year. As more people are affected by these issues, it just proves that you are no longer alone in your struggles and talking about mental health should be more acceptable.
Promote Treatment & Decrease Rate of Suicides - Of the many reasons why we need to talk about mental health, this is arguably the most important. Because mental health is so taboo, too many people are not getting the treatment they need. In turn, their poor mental health could lead to suicide. One research study found that over 90% of people who commit suicide had symptoms of a mental health disorder.
Open dialogue about mental health can help everyone heal. What people don’t realize is that there are numerous ways to effectively treat mental illness and you can live a normal lifestyle by learning how to properly manage your mental health disorder symptoms. The state of your mental health affects how you think, feel, and ultimately how you act. It’s crucial that we express these emotions with others on a daily basis. By talking about mental health openly, more people may be encouraged to seek professional help.
TIPS FOR TALKING ABOUT IT
Talking about your mental health is important, but it can be difficult to open up. If you are struggling to talk about your mental health, we have a few tips.
Write a letter if you are afraid to talk face-to-face.
Talk to someone who doesn’t know you such as a therapist or psychologist if you don’t feel comfortable talking to a loved one.
Start a journal and then transition it to speaking.
Practice speaking in the mirror before you talk to someone if you are struggling to do so.
Remember that you will probably feel a great sense of relief after talking with someone.
Remember that you are not alone.
As a community we must do more to help our loved ones by supporting them through the dark days and talking about their mental health will spark the initial action. With suicide rates increasing, we must come together and find positive ways to involve ourselves in the conversation and ultimately get our loved ones the help they need before it’s too late.
It's okay to not be okay