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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Topical Tuesday: Why Speak About Mental Health?

I can't quite believe it's Tuesday again but apparently it is and that means it's time for another Topical Tuesday. I don't know if anybody actually reads this little blog series that I started about a month ago, but I'm gonna continue to do it anyway because I wanna!

You may be wondering why I never stop jabbering on and on about mental health on my blog and Twitter account. That's why I thought I'd dedicate this Topical Tuesday to explaining why I think it is such an important topic to talk about.

Everybody has mental health

Surprise, surprise! Even if you don't suffer from a mental illness, you too have mental health. Just as we all strive to look after our physical health, we should be taking steps to look after our mental wellbeing also - it's just as important! Mental health is not an 'us and them' issue. It isn't something that effects some of us and not others: it effects everyone. Just because you don't have a diagnosed condition, doesn't make your mental wellbeing any less important.

Mental illness does not discriminate

No matter your age, race or gender: it is possible you may one day suffer with your mental wellbeing. Maybe you already have a diagnosed condition, or maybe you're lucky enough to have never experienced mental illness. Either way, you are not exempt from potentially struggling with your mental wellbeing at some point in your life. 

That's why it's so important that we take steps now to look after our mental health. It's vital we familiarise ourselves with the early warning signs of when our (or somebody else's) mental health may be suffering, so that we can take action before things progress further. 

Mental illness is not uncommon

Wake up, mental illness exists! (And not only in books, films and on TV). Mental health impacts our lives and the lives of those around us every single day - that isn't something that can be ignored. It's non-sensical that something so very common is so misunderstood and treated as a taboo subject in our society. 

It's important people feel able to reach out when they are struggling with their mental health, and as mental illness affects so many people, this is more important than ever. 

Having a mental illness does not make you 'weird', 'crazy', 'odd' or 'different'. Yet if we don't speak out about it, people will continue to view it as such. 

So there are just a few reasons why I think it's crucial we speak openly about our mental health, and why I started doing it publicly online through my blog and on Twitter. 

Can you think of any? Let me know in the comments below!

(Alternatively, leave a comment if you just feel like reassuring me that people do actually read these Topical Tuesday posts and I'm not just talking to myself every Tuesday evening...). 

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