I still get taken aback when I hear, or see, people talking openly about mental health. I know this isn’t something that should surprise me, I want it to be more commonplace, but unfortunately we’re not there yet as a society. Twice this morning I was surprised to hear the media was actually shedding light on the subject; the first was this morning on the Today Show as they were going over suicide statistics for men. The second was when I logged on to Twitter to see #LivingWithMentalIllnessIs was a trending topic.
Of course, I found myself scrolling through hundreds of Tweets, just to get some insight into these people’s world.
It took a lot for these people to bare their souls, and a part of their story, to the world via social media. Inevitably, there were people making light of the hashtag or turning political, but for the people who were truly there to give insight into their struggle with mental illness, I was so proud of them. I wanted to reach out and hug every one of them and tell them that I was there if they needed me. Obviously, that would be a bit creepy, so instead, I sat there Liking Tweet after Tweet, trying to let these people know that, in a world that doesn’t want to talk about mental health, they were seen and they were heard.
If you have a minute, or an hour, I’d encourage you to go out and take a look at what hundreds of people are saying it’s like for them to live with mental illness so you, too, can gain some insight.