Hey Lovely Lady,

 

This week is Mental Health Week and in my day job, we will be pushing the message of mental wellbeing throughout the hospital. However, I wanted to do more. You see mental health is something that affects each and every one of us, yet its something we don’t talk about. Which is why I want to encourage you today to start a positive conversation and open up about your mental health.

 

What is mental health?

 

If you read the papers or watch the news, it’s often the reason someone’s been violent, just another mentally ill person gone mad. Thanks to the media’s portrayal, it’s little wonder that mental health has such a huge stigma attached to it.

 

Yet the reality is mental health is something that affects each and every one of us. It’s our ability to be able to cope when times are hard, to be able to function, succeed, love and laugh.

 

Mental health isn’t something that only affects those with a diagnosis, in reality, it’s something that affects each and every one of us. Just like your physical health, if you don’t maintain your mental health you run the risk of becoming unwell.

Every single one of us has the responsibility to become aware and look after, our own mental healthClick To Tweet

 

 

So how do we look after our mental health?

 

The first step in maintaining good mental health is to be able to talk with others about how your feeling. To be able to share when your moods a little low or that anxious feeling is lasting a little longer than you’d like.

 

Yet talking about an area that makes us feel vulnerable and open to others judgement, can often be so hard, we instead choose to push it down. To bottle up our feelings.

 

That’s why this week I want to share with you 3 simple ways to start a positive conversation started around mental health. Something that doesn’t feel too scary, that will help bridge the fear that stops us opening up.

 

1. Reach out and ask how your friends are feeling

Asking others helps show you care and in turn, provides the opportunity for you to share your feelings. Start a conversation and don’t be afraid to share whats going on for you as you lead the way for others to open up about their own issues, fears and struggles.

2. When someone asks how you are, don’t just say ‘I’m fine’

Be honest with your answer. Even though it might scare you, you’ll properly find that your not the only one who needs to talk. People are more understanding than you realise, after all, each and every one of us has our own insecurities and difficulties.

3. Don’t judge and make fun of people with a mental illness

By doing this, you’re just adding to the stigma. Instead, ask questions and be curious about mental health. Promote positive conversations around the topic with your friends and family, especially if you have children, you have the power to influence how the next generation view mental health, make your words count.

Help contribute to the changing people’s view of mental health, your words do matter and your impact on the world count’s so much more than you realise.

 

By talking about mental health, your not only breaking down the barrier that mental health is something to be ashamed of, you’re also helping maintain your own mental health. So let’s start today by talking about mental health, by showing the world (and ourselves!) that its nothing to be ashamed of and that mental health matters.

 

This is your chance to be the change the world needs, don’t sit by quietly, choose to speak up and help put an end to the stigma that surrounds mental health. Start by sharing this post and opening up the conversation around mental health.

 

Until next week, never stop being you,

 

Naomi xx

 

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