As a child, I was desperate to talk about things. Growing up and struggling through school, I wanted to know why I mentally and emotionally struggled. I wanted to know why my left leg and foot looked different to my right one.
When I was growing up mental health wasn’t on the radar. My issues were never discussed or talked about. As a general rule, if children had any emotional problems, they continued to struggle. But when it comes to mental health the importance of talking cannot be stressed enough.
Today far more people have a basic understanding of mental health and the importance of talking. Although we have a greater basic knowledge of mental health, there are still misconceptions and mental health issues are still rife in society and prevalent amongst young people. It doesn’t end there.
A report by Time to Change estimate that 65% of young people with mental illness have faced stigma from their friends with 50% receiving stigma from their parents.
The same report highlights the effects this can have on our mental health as well as on the rest of our lives. 30% said mental health had prevented them applying or taking up a university place. 50% talked about the fear of negative reactions had prevented them from applying for jobs, or the stigma they had received. Sadly, 28% said other people’s reactions had made them want to give up on life.
It helps for us to talk, to talk about how we feel. When others don’t talk, we learn not to talk. It’s all about opening up. Being able to say how you feel is one step further away from anxiety. Share your personal experiences, talk about how you feel.
We can all help make a society, where we don’t have to feel bad about things. By simply having a conversation, you take away the stigma of mental health.