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Why don't people talk more openly about mental health?


The question to why people don't talk more openly about mental health, is still left un-answered. People just simply do not talk enough about mental health issues and, even whilst writing this, I feel a sense of worry and panic that people may look down on me because of my depression and anxiety.  In the UK, one in four people will experience some kind of mental health illness in the course of a year. That’s a lot of people, and I imagine many of those people are frightened to speak about their experiences, for fear of discrimination and stigma. I decided to write this post, as I recently spotted the Semi Colon Project, where people are drawing semi-colon's on themselves, to raise awareness for mental health issues.  The semi-colon is explained as 'the semi-colon is used when a sentence could of ended, but didn't'. I that I think this is such a lovely idea, and may be joining the project myself with getting a permanent semi-colon tattoo'ed on me (Sorry Mom!).

 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.
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  1. This is so important! I just can't express how happy I am for people, who can go and get help with their mental health problems. In my country you can't even get diagnosed. We have one non-existent and non-treatable diagnosis (vegetative vascular dystonia - as far as I'm informed, this is not a real disease and exists only in post-soviet countries). Doctors bring it up every time, when they should've diagnosed anxiety or I don't even know what. I really want to talk about this more, but sometimes people just don't want to listen.
    And I've never heard about the semi-colon. I love that idea. =)

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    1. That's so horrible that in your country you can't even get diagnosed- absolutely awful! It's a shame you feel that way - but I guess the more you talk about it the more people will understand it more and realise that it is an actual illness! x

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  2. I have a tattoo in the same place, for what I suspect is the same reason (although it's not a semi-colon). That's a beautiful story behind it though - I might get one somewhere else.

    Lis / last year's girl x

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    1. Yeah I love the story behind it :) x

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  3. Amazing post dear! You have a wonderful blog:)
    What about following each other on Instagram, Bloglovin, Twitter?.. :)

    www.bloglovin.com/blog/3880191

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