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Positivity Pass it on

"Your are not your mental health"

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Mental health stigma has been on my mind lately. I've been thinking a lot about what I could do to help the situation, and all of a sudden dawned on me!  I could start by educating the public about what is mental health stigma. 

MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA: When someone or yourself is viewed differently or judged negatively all because they or you suffer from a mental health diagnosis. 

My next thought was to show everyone that we are all equal and that any Mental illness has the same importance as any physical illness.  
Then I decided to show through my own life experience with mental illness that with the right mental health support and counseling I have been able to live a happy fulfilled life as a mom, wife, entrepreneur, and owner of not just one but two businesses.  

I will also like to say that it is completely disrespectful when we are called these awful names, and words that don't even come close to who we are. WE ARE PEOPLE TOO, and we have feelings just like everyone else. Please don't judge us based on our diagnosis. Don't discriminate against us!
 
Another point I wanted to make was that we should not be afraid to talk openly about our mental health, yet we fear what others will think or will say. It's so taboo to go and get help because in the early years you were put away in an asylum if your thoughts were different than everyone else's and it's maybe why today we still fear going to a psychologist or psychiatrist to get the help we need, and why so many of us sadly commit suicide, end up in jail, or are not taking the proper medication.  To say some of the many issues that mental health can cause. 

I am Hispanic and in my culture, many will not visit a psychologist or psychiatrist because society automatically thinks that they are "crazy" (forgive me for using such a word). So that goes to show that different cultures have different opinions also on mental health. 

So, this means that many people are afraid to go and get help and that there are more people out there with mental health illnesses than you think. and it's more and more common today than ever especially with Covid-19 on the rise. So be cautious with the words you use and always be kind to everyone.


Also a topic I'd like to cover is depression because it can kill and many of us have forgotten that by being a helping hand to others and speaking up, we can help save a life. The simple act of doing something for someone; of lending a helping hand, can be done out of the kindness of our hearts! This is the land of opportunities and everyone deserves to have the opportunity to grow and flourish. 
I hope that with this article I can spread awareness. Since I know I can't control the world I want to try and help those who I can by at least spreading as much knowledge and awareness as I can. Remember it does not cost a thing to be kind to someone and if you can be the helping hand that helps save someone then you should because depression can kill, with just a little you can be that helping hand that helps someone going through their worst battle. Help pass on the positivity. Let's end the stigma together!
I hope that by doing this we can start to raise more awareness on stigma, and on some of the other issues like suicide prevention that the mental health community faces every day of our lives.

 

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08/22/2021
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