• Mandy Chitwood

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Break the stigma | Mental health awareness month 2021


Just like good physical health, good mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. And just like anyone at any age could trip and fall and break a bone, a person’s mental health can be injured at any stage of their life.


This is why it’s so crucial for us to remove our society’s stigma around mental health issues.


Imagine being made fun of for going to the doctor. Imagine being belittled, being given a side-eye and under-the-breath comments just for going to the hospital - after being in a car accident.


Well, for those struggling with their mental health, that imagined scenario is what it’s like for them in real life.


And, often, this social stigma is so strong it prevents individuals from seeking help, from gaining healing, and from living their full potential.


But, just like everyone deserves good physical health, everyone deserves good mental health and quality support in healing from trauma. So know that, if you’re facing a mental health challenge, you are not alone! Here’s how you can find support with your mental health.




WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?

“Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but, importantly, you are not the rain.”
-MATT HAIG

Mental health is your network of inner-thoughts that guides your emotional, psychological, and social well-being.


Mental health affects:

  • how you think,

  • how you feel, and

  • how you function in society.


It also determines how you handle stressful situations, connect with others, and make life choices.