When talking about mental health, it can be very easy to only focus on the negatives. Yes, that can be a huge factor when it comes to having discussions about mental health, but it is important to put it all out there. One thing that I remember coming across, was seeing the phrase “your story may be the next person’s survival guide”. It sticks with me to this day, and that phrase is what has sparked off this blog entry. With World Mental Health Day fast approaching, now more than ever, it is important to talk about our mental health experiences.
Below are words said by some very high-profile actors, detailing their experiences with mental health.
Turn a negative into a positive
“I used to deal with depression, but I don’t now, not this decade – maybe last decade. But that’s also figuring out who you are. I see it as a great education, as one of the seasons or a semester – ‘This semester I was majoring in depression’.” Brad Pitt
Dealing with stigma
“I think people fear being stigmatized or treated in a blanket fashion, which is sometimes the response to someone who says, ‘I struggle with depression’… But really, depression could manifest in a thousand different ways depending on who it is. I don’t think there’s any reason not to talk about it. We can help each other cope and give tools that we learn along the way.” Ryan Philippe
In 2018, a study conducted by the Mental Health Foundation that, the first UK wide study of its kind, showed that 74% of people felt so stressed that they could not cope anymore with life. What this study showed is that most of us are struggling with some kind of mental health challenge or issue!
Mental health is something we all live with every day. Although it may not feel that way, take comfort in knowing that you really are not alone. Be open and honest about your struggles. The more we talk about it, the less stigma there will be. It is now more important than ever that we all talk openly and honestly about how we all feel.