1 in 6 adults every week experience a common mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression. 3 in 4 mental illnesses start in Childhood. These are some scary statistics and helping to lower them starts with you by showing your support.
This week has been Mental Health Awareness Week and it is a very important subject. It shouldn’t be taboo to talk about anymore. No one should feel weak or alone in this world. This week is a great opportunity to show your support to those you may know that are suffering and to continue being supportive in the future. It shouldn’t be just one week a year thing, it should be something you do every day. Especially if someone close to you is suffering. Show them that there is a way through it and you’re there to help, but remember to be aware that they are hurting and it may be hard for them to open up.
Be compassionate. Take your own feelings out of the situation and listen to them. As Ralph Nichols perfectly put it “The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” If you suspect someone close to you is suffering, then reach out, start the conversation because 9 times out of 10 they might be too scared to ask for help and the fact that you noticed might mean more than you know.