May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As I’m sure you all know by now, mental health is something that’s so important to me, especially how we view it and how we treat those who are struggling with love and compassion.
In honor of this month, I wanted to take a minute to remind you of a couple important things:
1. Mental illness is the SAME as physical illness. It’s not simply a matter of “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.” Would you say that to someone who had cancer? Would you say that to someone in a wheelchair? NO.
2. There is NO shame in seeking help. It doesn’t mean you’re weak or a coward. It means you’re strong.
3. Never underestimate the importance of asking someone, “How are you?” It’s loving and powerful and caring. And those three words could very well save someone’s life.
Also, here are some of my favorite pieces on mental health that I’ve written over the years…
• How Phrases Like “I’m So OCD” Are Damaging
• 5 Things I’ve Learned About Suicide
• 5 Things I’ve Learned About Depression In 5 Years
• In Which I Have Some Deep Thoughts on Therapy
• How To Support A Loved One With PTSD — From Someone Who Has It
Never be afraid to speak out, friends. It’s the best thing we can do in this life. If you’re struggling, know that you are loved. Visit NAMI to learn about this year’s #CureStigma campaign and resources for getting help. We’re all in this together. Love you… xoxo
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