In recognition of Suicide Awareness Month (1-800-273-8255):
The stigma needs to end…awareness does need to be made around mental health…more than 90% of those who commit suicide have a treatable mental health issue:
The stigma that having some mental health issue makes you weak, or less of a normal person, needs to be erased from society’s thoughts. Nobody should feel afraid or embarrassed to recognize that their mental health is just as important as their physical health. If a person feels that something is not physically right with their body, it is less than likely they will feel any shame in seeing a specialist. One should feel the same about their mental health. One should not feel embarrassed in trying to understand or make sense of their thoughts and emotions if they feel they don’t understand them or control them.
One shouldn’t feel obligated to publically admit their issues, just the same as one shouldn’t feel obligated to publically admit they have a physiological disease or ailment…the same “health privacy” concerns apply. However, one shouldn’t feel ashamed, embarrassed, or weak to seek help or treatment. Everyone has the right to be happy and live pain-free with themselves, physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Don’t hide in shame, there are counselors everywhere willing to help. If you feel it’s an emergency, call 1-800-273-8255.
The stigma with mental health needs to end.