Mental illness isn’t always supported and accepted. Not everyone will act like they are supportive, but will be quick to make those people who struggle feel bad. We must be supportive of everyone.
Mental illness is often invisible to the untrained eye, and unless you’re aware or you understand how mental illness looks, you may even start to think those people are being stubborn.
Mental illness includes a broad range of behaviours and symptoms that are not always obvious to the untrained eye, but they’re there. It is important we are aware of the signs that might suggest someone is experiencing mental health problems.
One indicator may be that the person is struggling in ways that are uncharacteristic for them. Uncharacteristic behaviour changes may reflect personal difficulties around mental health difficulties.
When it comes to mental illness or disability, it is wrong for others to act like they are supportive, then when it comes to it, the other person is treated like they’re a burden, or they’re annoying and they’re then made to feel bad. Society needs to drop the stigma attached to both.
A mental illness isn’t something that can be concealed, it’s also not something others will be aware they have, but it will be obvious to others. At the rise of the pandemic, supporting mental health has never been so important than it is now.
We must all act and be a support to one another in these difficult times. Not to means more discord and harmony in a time when we need to be working together.