If you don’t know already I was recently interviewed for the Sunday Mail about mental health, you can find the article, including an awkward photo of me, here. Since it came out this morning I’ve had an influx of messages from people calling me “brave”, “courageous” or just telling me “well done”. Now you’re not wrong for saying I’m brave for talking out about mental health, I just don’t like it mostly because I don’t feel brave.
In fact, I’m not brave. It’s not courageous, in my mind, to talk out about something that affects millions of people on a daily basis, and I don’t want the end of the conversation to be “well done” or “congratulations”, I want a discussion. It doesn’t stop at one story in a newspaper or one post on a blog. It doesn’t stop with my face on the front cover of a newspaper, it’s just the start and although I’m eternally grateful for all the support and kind words it just feels so…definitive which was never my intention.
I refuse to stop tackling the subject until it’s no longer taboo. My dream is that one day I can talk to a newspaper, magazine or in public about mental health and have it be classed as an every day discussion rather than a brave testimonial. I’m not special, there are people who have it so much worse than me. I’m just a girl going through what millions of people do on a daily basis, the only difference is I talk about it. Talking helps.
My main goal when writing about mental health is to help inform, inspire and discuss the important issues. I want you to talk to your children about mental health so they grow up with a strong understanding of what it is and how to handle it. I want to encourage people to get the help they need and deserve to live their best lives and be happy. There are so many things we can utilise to our advantage, from apps on your phone to medication to counselling. Use it all, that’s what it’s there for, but most of all talk to someone about it. No matter what you’re going through, talking is the best way to get the help you need, but it helps on a much bigger scale as well.
Talking helps release the stigma and open the gates to a wider and important discussion. So please, read the article in the Sunday Mail today, take it in, form your opinions, it’s a great article with a lot of important information and discussion. Just keep in mind that just because the article ends that doesn’t mean the conversation has to end as well.