When is Mental Health Awareness Month? It’s now, in May! Mental health awareness is a busy hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms, but it shouldn’t only be popular in May but always. Don’t you agree?
Hey, Why Only in May?
Nowadays, I see articles pop up everywhere that stress how mental health should be taken more seriously since we all went through the covid lockdown, but shouldn’t we have done so before covid? Mental health issues are nothing new, and for years people have suffered through them, often finding themselves alone among many, obtaining no understanding from the ones closest to them.
Yes, mental health awareness month is in May, but that awareness should always be there. Thanks to covid, more people have been exposed to depression or other mental health issues. Depression was that obscure thing that used to belong to that guy or that girl you know, your friend’s neighbor, or some other acquaintance who “needed to get his act together and just deal with it!”
Curb That Tough Love
Now it has affected you directly, or your spouse, or your child, due to the constant confinement. Now, we’re beginning to see that mental health issues are not just something you “should get over”. Right?
Although mental health issues rose due to the lockdowns, I guess that covid did us some good in making us more aware of mental health, forcing us to understand that this is serious and must be taken seriously.
Thanks to the covid lockdown more people now understand that anyone who goes through depression, anxiety, burnout, or any other problem needs help, What is certainly NOT needed is the tough love such as “we all got sh*t to deal with”, “you’re not the only one with problems, you know!”
When someone is going through depression, vent that tough love somewhere else, because it does more harm than good. Tough love is good for people who can handle it, but if you’re having mental health problems, tough love is just a missile that widens the wound.
So, Mental Health Awareness Should be in …?
Every month. Although it’s certainly great that May is the month to spread more awareness, one of the main reasons why people still struggle to get support or understanding from loved ones or friends, and why awareness still needs to be spread is the stigma that goes associated with mental health issues. Society placed a label on it decades ago, and it’s been hard to rip that label off.
It’s that tag, though, that makes it difficult for anyone who is going through depression, burnout, anxiety, or any other issues to get some understanding from the ones near him or her.
Someone who is going through depression, who is bipolar, or who can’t control his/her emotions or anger during burnout is NOT crazy or being “unreasonable”. Believe me, they don’t want to cause you annoyance or anger or what-have-you, but it isn’t always something one can control.
Anyone who suffers through a mental health issue or illness needs help and exactly because of the stigma and the lack of understanding it’s usually up to them alone to get that help, and that doesn’t always happen, does it?
I can only speak for my own experience when I had burnout, Not one of the many people I know in my area offered support. On the contrary, I got the tough love thrown at me, and several people walked out of my life. I know that this is not an isolated case. It happens to many of us when we go through hard times, be it mental or physical health, or any other extreme situation.
If you’re going through a difficult time due to mental health issues and you end up losing people because of it, please do not think you have lost. Their departure might make room for new and more caring people. I always say that disease and tough times are a friendship sieve. The ones who matter will remain in your life.
Have you lost people due to mental health issues? How did you cope with it? Did it turn out to be a blessing in disguise or do you miss the people who left you during those difficult times?