Stigma & mental health problems: we all know it’s a big deal. I also think that many of us know, if we’re honest, that we don’t talk enough about mental health problems, but that those very conversations are the only way we can beat the stigma. (Vicious circle anyone?)
Anyway, I make a habit of following the #mentalhealth tag on wordpress.com, take a look when you have the time, there is some fantastic writing there. My eye was caught today by this post from a young lady called Ellen:
This is exactly the kind of thing that I want to change. Unless and until society is more willing to talk openly about mental health and all it’s challenges, nothing will ever change. It’s only through people, like Ellen, talking so openly about their own journeys and experiences that we can stamp out this stigma.
I don’t, though, mean that it should just be people who have a (diagnosed or not) mental health problem who tell their stories. I firmly believe that everyone has a story in life; their own experiences that they and, in this example more importantly, others can learn from. If only we (particularly the British!) weren’t so bad at talking about our own lives, our thoughts and feelings, we’d be so much better at dealing with mental health problems when they arise, and so much better at challenging all this stigma.
Now, rant over. And if you’ve got to the end of this post without visiting Ellen’s blog to read her post: naughty you! Go and read it right immediately: https://ellensocdblog.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/that-doesnt-make-sense-their-ocd-cant-be-real/.