Thursday, 27 July 2017

Let's Talk About Mental Health

I’m writing this on Thursday 20th July, not long after hearing the heart-breaking news that Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington has taken his own life.
Obviously, there’s been an outpouring of grief online – but that’s not all.
People are asking for change.
People want the stigma around mental illness to end.

So let’s talk about it. Let’s get the conversation going. The more we talk about it, the less ‘taboo’ it’ll feel.
And this is so important.
We can’t keep living in a world where suffering is met with judgement. We can’t keep living in a world where people feel that they have to keep their problems hidden. We need to live in a world where people feel comfortable enough to open up about their mental health. Where we encourage these conversations, instead of shutting them down. Where we actively try to fight the stigma. Where we show that we’re there for anyone who is suffering. Because this plays such a huge part in people’s mental well-being.

Let’s not be part of the problem – let’s work to minimise it. 

Let's Talk About Mental Health:
► Post about it. Tweet about it. Blog about it. Whether you’re suffering or not, your contribution to the conversation is so valuable.
► Share. Retweet. Reblog. Spread the word. You never know who it might help.
► Let people know that you’re there to talk to, free of judgement
 Share your own stories. (You never know – this could encourage others to do the same.)
► Reach out for help if you’re struggling. Whether that’s to a loved one or a professional, it’s so important you don’t keep your problems to yourself.
► Find a way to open up that suits you; whether that’s through text or Facebook message, over coffee, or even through a letter
► Ask friends how they're feeling. How they're really feeling. Share how you're feeling, too.
► Support people who open up about their mental illness(es)
► Reassure people that they don't 'sound crazy'
► Share information about helpful resources and crisis numbers
► Make an effort to talk about mental health in the same way you'd talk about physical health
► Stay judgement-free
► Remind people that they're not alone
► If you know someone who’s struggling, check up on them regularly
► Offer an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on
► Ask how you can help
► Encourage others to be open, and not to feel ashamed

And remember: admitting that you’re struggling doesn’t make you weak. In fact, it makes you brave as hell.

For a global list of crisis contact details, click here.
Read more about NME's #LetsTalk campaign here.


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