… and it would be a straightforward, simple conversation to have. I’d probably tell you how it happened, that it was painful and that I needed time off to recuperate because of it.
So… Why can’t I say that some days I don’t have great mental health?
Why is it so difficult to be honest, open and have a simple conversation about it?
If we think about it, mental health is like physical health, we all have it. Sometimes our mental health is robust and we can deal with anything that comes our way, other times we find we can’t cope and we get weighed down by simple things.
Mental health issues can begin for a variety of reasons, and it will be a unique experience or reason for most people. Factors, like the examples listed below, can be reasons for mental health issues arising:
It’s important to know that mental health doesn’t always stay the same, it changes over time for people. So you or someone you know who lives with mental health challenges can and will shift through their experience of it. So, just like someone who has broken their leg, one day they can’t move around easily, then months later they are back up and running again.
It’s important we all work to remove the stigma of mental health problems. That we speak about it and be ok listening, talking about it – even if it at first feels uncomfortable. It’s ok if it does, we’re only human, but please stick with it – really and truly listen to the person in front of you and tell them you’re happy to listen.
I can’t even tell you how much it helped me when close friends, and family said they were happy to listen to me if I wanted to talk, that they didn’t judge me or feel uncomfortable when I was sharing how I was feeling. How they messaged me the next day checking in, being ‘normal’ with me but also gently inquiring how I was. How much it helped me when they stuck with me, even when I felt I was being negative and didn’t want ‘my low mood to impact them’.
So, rather than listing here the different symptoms people can experience when they have mental health issues… you can find that easily enough online. Check out MIND, Mental Health Foundation, and many others. Instead, I’d like to share a starting point for how you can support yourself or someone else. And if you have other ideas and suggestions, I’d appreciate you sharing them with me.
I truly hope this article has been useful to you.
I would love to hear your reflections and ideas on this topic, so please comment below or send me a message.
With kindness and hugs,