World Mental Health Day 2017

World Mental Health Day 2017 is drawing to a close and there have been many positive posts about breaking the stigma around mental health. But can we do more?

Talking about the issues is a good thing, after all mental health is something that every single person has, just like every person has physical health. But is progress being held back by the name “Mental Health”? Many people argue that it’s not, and that talking about it is what’s needed. Indeed, as J.K. Rowling eloquently wrote in the Harry Potter books:

“Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”

But there are so many historical negative associations with the word “Mental” that is that mindset doing more harm than good?

An alternative that is picking up support is “Emotional Wellbeing”, which I like too because, despite it being a little pretentious, it sounds much more positive. I’ve been in the place in the past where I have needed help dealing with things that I have been going through, and when you’re in that place, asking for help can be hard. Even the smallest things can be magnified into something way more than they actually are – including what something is called.

Thankfully there are lots and lots of helpful and genuinely lovely people out there that help you to ignore the negative words and support you in building positivity back into your life again.

The hardest part is admitting to yourself that you need a bit of help getting back there. Reaching out to someone – friend or stranger – can feel scary, but can bring so much relief, because you’re no longer alone.

If you’re in that place now, reach out, and allow someone to give you the help that you need to get back to being the best version of you.

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