Until today I hadn’t really thought that much about speaking about mental health issues. Yes it took me a very long time to talk to anyone about my OCD but now that I have I don’t hide the fact I have it. However when I meet someone for the first time it’s not the first thing I like to disclose about myself and thinking back now, people just don’t talk about mental health AT ALL! So with the exception of just coming straight out with it, there is rarely a natural opportunity to talk about it. In fact to this day some of my friends still don’t know, just because the opportunity has never arisen to tell them. This makes me sad, as it’s a huge part of who I am and there is an element of freedom which comes with people knowing.
So if someone was struggling with a mental health issue, any mental health issue, would they feel like they could talk about it? I’m guessing probably not, this is a huge failing in today’s society which must stop. Why are mental health issues such a taboo subject when such a high percentage of the population is struggling with them (probably even more then we realise)?
So how do we get people talking about mental health? It’s a very good question.
Events such as Mental health week help to bring mental health into the mainstream and get people talking but this is only one week a year.
Maybe if someone famous is suffering the way you are, you could use them to lead the conversation in that direction?
Perhaps a general stat could help, ‘One in four adults in the UK is suffering with a mental health issue of some kind’.
You may be surprised once you start chatting who else is feeling the same way as you. We owe it to each other to get these conversations going, don’t let people suffer in silence!