Oct 11 2016
Have a chat or two about mental health today. In work, this morning, I already have. I mentioned to a couple of construction worker colleagues that Mental Health Awareness Week is all over Facebook this morning. We all agreed that it’s a great thing. We all agreed that everyone should feel comfortable talking about it. We shared brief stories of some bad times we all went through (nothing too deep, but enough to keep the conversation going).
It was nice. It was simple. No one felt uncomfortable. No one snickered and wanted to avoid the topic. It’s all about awareness and keeping the topic of mental health alive and out of the taboo.
So, I would recommend everyone try have at least one chat about mental health today. You can start simple and mention that it’s all over Facebook. You can ask other people what it’s all about. If you’re so inclined, share a story or two of your own or ask people questions about their experiences or the experiences of people they know. Everyone has mental health! And mental health problems affect almost every single person at some point in their lives. Let’s make sure that everyone feels comfortable talking about the topic. It’s only through awareness and breaking the taboo that people will feel free to seek help when they truly need it.
I’ll keep chatting about it. I hope you will too.
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