I of course believe everyone should do what makes them happy. If you feel like you would rather keep your mental health to yourself, I think that’s great too, but I consider myself to be extremely open about my own mental health.
I think most people want to end the stigma on mental illness. In 2018, I want people to be able to feel less insecure about their mental health, and I want people to understand that mental health is just as important as physical health. I know a lot of people feel embarrassed about being on medications or needing mental health days. A lot of people think they are broken or damaged because they don’t feel happy all the time.
I haven’t always been happy with myself. I haven’t always been “okay” with my mental illnesses. I will admit, I definitely felt broken. I felt like no one could love me, because I couldn’t entirely love myself. I have suffered with mental health issues since I was 11, and it wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I began to feel okay with the fact that sometimes I’m just not okay.
Once I started being okay with my mental health situation, I began talking about it. I realized, wow, a lot of people feel the same way I do. I’m not alone. Almost everyone I spoke to, especially my coworkers, lived with some kind of mental illness. A lot of people told me that they felt alone too. I could see on their faces that they felt better, which made me feel better. Talking, while a seemingly small thing, is huge for making people feel less insecure with their mental illnesses.
If I can make even just one person feel less alone, less isolated, and begin to see their own worth as a human being, I’m happy. If that means me spilling my guts talking about the last 11 years of my life and all the struggles I’ve pushed through, I’m happy to. I love talking about mental health as a whole, and I’m pretty much an expert in only one area; My own experiences. If you’re comfortable talking about your own mental health, do it. You never know who you could reach.