Change the conversation around Mental Health
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Why is it so difficult to talk about mental health issues? One of the most common things I hear from people in therapy is, “You are the only person who knows this.” Said differently, “You are the first person I have ever shared this with.” Same message, different words; basically, the individual never felt that there was someone around to hear or listen to what he or she is struggling with.
For me, mental health awareness is not only talking about specific issues and the need to advocate for better access to care. Although that is extremely important, I think the most important part of the discussion has to do with the discussion itself. Why is it that we are so afraid to talk to our loved ones about our issues?