World Mental Health Day 2017

Today is World Mental Health Day 2017.  If you haven’t thought about the importance of your own mental health, or of others, today is the day to take time out and do so.

Many of us have seen that random person on the street talking to themselves or heard about the person who committed some act violence that is blamed on mental health issues.  Our society has a way of labeling people with mental health issues as “crazy”.  Well I am here to tell you our society has you brainwashed!

There are people with mental health issues that deliver your mail, serve your food, make your coffee, and even teach your kids.  Are you scared now?  Well you shouldn’t be, but you should be mindful, and I will tell you why.

What is Mental Health?

According to MentalHealth.gov

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

So, what does this mean in terms of daily life?  I will use myself as an example.  The struggle with depression and anxiety is real in my life, on a daily basis. Most times I keep to myself, don’t get out and about much, crowds make me nervous,  I’m highly emotional, and will cry at random times. Due to this, I am regularly misunderstood.  Have you ever been misunderstood? It’s not a good feeling is it?

Now would you have known any of what I just shared from the many pictures I have floating about social media? Or the fact that I have this website, or have a YouTube Channel?  Of course not.  Mental Health doesn’t have a “Look” people.

When a good friend is not their normal, talkative self or is tearful, what do you normally do?  Well, you ask them are they ok, right?  Now, if you come across someone who appears to be sad or shy.  Have you thought to ask that person are they ok?  Or, have you thought to give that person a smile before you walk by?   Something as simple as a smile can make someone’s day.  It can be the reminder that they need that there are still good people in the world who care.

What Can You Do

Think about your life. Do you feel like you need a vacation, everyday?  Do you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulder at work and at home?  Have you gained weight suddenly and you don’t know why?  Is it hard to sleep at night?  Then I am here to tell you your mental health is worthy of your attention.  Take 15 minutes to do something you love.  Something that makes you smile. Something that relaxes you.  Your mental health is important people.  This is why we are beginning to hear more and more about self-care.  Trust me, your mental health is something to not take for granted.  No one is immune from mental health difficulties so take care of yourself.

If you need resources/help on ways to improve your mental health, I urge you to pray, then talk to  a friend, teacher, counselor, pastor, your job’s human resources office or call 211 for information in your area.

Have a great World Mental Health Day people!