Closing Out Mental Health Awareness Month 2022
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Every yr once I attain the top of Mental Health Awareness Month, I attempt to mirror. I mirror on psychological well being within the state of my neighborhood, my metropolis and my nation, and I ponder if something has occurred this month that might result in substantial change. This yr, I’ve to say I’m somewhat discouraged. I do know I’m often somewhat extra constructive about psychological well being consciousness, however after this month it looks as if we’ve a lot of it backwards. That’s why, to shut out this month, I need to share why speaking about psychological well being – the best approach – is extra necessary now than ever.

There’s one thing that I’ve seen extra over the previous few years that I’ve tried to not have interaction with. It’s principally as a result of I’m unsure the best way to even unpack all of it, however I can’t put it off anymore. I’m sick and bored with the way in which psychological well being and psychological sickness is weaponized by others. I do know this dialog is extra sophisticated and nuanced, however I wanted to get this off my chest.

And although this can be a huge subject to unpack, it begins by acknowledging one thing many individuals ignore: experiencing psychological sickness is troublesome. For many, it feels not possible. But psychological sickness doesn’t excuse folks from their actions, and it’s not a catch-all explainer for why somebody is the way in which they’re.

This is a central level surrounding psychological well being that I’ve discovered this month. Despite our conversations round psychological well being, regardless of pushing for person-first language and shifting the narrative round psychological well being and psychological sickness, it’s clear that many individuals have the incorrect thought about psychological well being and psychological sickness. So, what can we do?

The work should proceed. People should preserve sharing their experiences, and we have to preserve jamming psychological well being into any dialog surrounding well being and wellness. We can’t let myths or misconceptions about psychological well being go unchallenged, and we have to push individuals who discuss a “mental health problem” by asking extra questions and attending to the guts of what they imply.

There’s quite a lot of work to do, however I gained’t faux this month hasn’t been somewhat discouraging for me. But it’s additionally made me obvious that so many extra folks must heal earlier than we will construct one thing higher, and a part of that’s creating room for troublesome conversations and house to sit down with our emotions and feelings. We can construct a greater world, however we will’t do it with out acknowledging what’s in entrance of us. I hope you get what you want this week, mates, and that you just relaxation the place it’s essential to struggle one other day. Peace and love.

What is one thing new that you just discovered about psychological well being and wellness throughout Mental Health Awareness Month? I need to hear from you! Let me know within the feedback beneath.

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