May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Your mental or mind controls what your body does. It tells you when to eat, move, sleep, how to feel and much more. The mind is like the transmission to a car: you can’t operate without it. It’s important to keep the mind healthy despite life’s ups and downs and traumatic events. Trauma can trigger the mind and body to experience mental illnesses that are ignored or unrecognized.
Discussing mental illnesses are usually shamed upon or forced with excuses of “You will be alright” or “Move on.” Those responses will cause triggers of emotional and physical stress. Instead, encourage them and support them. Mental illnesses are not always taken seriously as they should. People hesitate to discuss mental health illnesses. The following are mental health illnesses:
- ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Bipolar disorder
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Ways to Break the Stigma
Breaking the stigma means breaking the silence and it starts with YOU! It starts by not being afraid of discussing illnesses, triggers, and symptoms openly. Many people avoid discussing mental illness topics because they weren’t taught to take them seriously or to brush it off by saying it’ll be ok. Coming together to spread awareness about mental health is something everyone should care about. It affects your daily activities, mind, body, and relationships.
Mental Health Symptoms
Even though you or someone around has not been affected by a Mental Illness; that doesn’t give YOU or anyone else the excuse to raise awareness. The symptoms of Mental Illnesses are primarily looked over. They can vary depending on the disorder or illness. The following are Mental Health Illness symptoms:
- Sleep or appetite changes
- Constant mood changes
- Problems concentrating
- Behavior changes
- Feeling sad or overly emotion
If you, a friend, or a loved one has ever suffered from one or more of these symptoms I encourage you to seek help. People suffer from Mental Illnesses on a daily but are unfortunate to treat them properly and medically. You are not alone. I stand with you as many others do suffering from Mental Health Illnesses. Break the stigma and spread the facts about Mental Health before it’s too late.
End the stigma, break the silence.
Love, Gayla 💚
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“It’s ok not to be ok.”