Not A Typical Teenager: #KeepThisConvoGoing

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

#KeepThisConvoGoing

This week is mental health awareness week, and in honour of this I'm going to talk about mental health today, because why not. I know the theme of this mental health awareness week is relationships, but I'm going to stray away from that and just talk about mental health on the whole.

There is a stigma around mental health; it seems to be a kind of taboo thing to talk about. However, we can get rid of the stigma. The best way to get rid of this kind of stigma is to talk about it; but we can't just talk about the negative side of it. Most of the conversation is just about negative mental health; and that's if the conversation has been started in the first place! We need to talk about how we can change it.

We should also talk about the positive side of mental health. There are many blog posts and articles which talk about negative mental health and people's struggles with it. However, why aren't we talking about positive mental health as well? Why don't we talk equally about both? It's strange because we talk a lot about what a healthy body looks like, and the variations of it, but not so much about what a healthy mind looks like.

I also think we need to tell people who don't know anything about mental health what they can do to help. I have seen so many articles about what NOT to say to someone with depression or anxiety etc. But not as many about how we can help people suffering with mental health issues and what we can say or do to help them. Telling people what they can do would be a whole lot more helpful and possibly even open up the conversation of mental health to people who don't have an understanding of it or an experience of it.

The main message through this; we need to talk about mental health. It may be mental health awareness week, but we need to keep the conversation going further than this week. We need to talk about our experiences with mental health and support each other. So let's do it. Share this post around. Write your own blog post about your experience or how we can help or something mental health related and share it around. Tweet about it. Comment your input. If you have anything shareable, tag me in the tweet @_not_typical_ and use the hashtag #KeepThisConvoGoing because that's exactly what we need to do. We can keep this conversation going.

Please share this idea and use the hashtag. Let's combat the stigma!

Stay Un-Typical

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