We need to start raising awareness of mental health issues and let people know that it is more than ok to speak out about their experiences and feelings. Whilst I know that it took me several years to finally speak out fully about my illness, as I found the prospect of speaking out about it daunting, it has actually been the best thing I've done. The more I speak about it, the more people understand it or the more people actually go and speak to other people about their illnesses. You just never know, you could be the difference between someone staying silent for years, or someone actually attending their GP and getting the help that they need.
Mental health is no longer something that should only be spoken about behind closed doors and I hope that we, as a society, are now moving in the right direction towards a better understanding of mental health issues and a more accepting approach to those who experience them. Only by talking about mental health issues can we raise awareness, and awareness is crucial in enabling those experiencing mental illness to get the help that they need.