I always get a lot of compliments when I wear this sweatshirt. I’m always happy to say thank you. There is a stigma around mental health these days and I do not get it. Mental health is not new. It just the label “mental health” that gets people scared It is like saying the off brand of a food item isn’t the same concept as the name brand. Same idea. Different label.
Feeling sad? Feeling mad? Are you happy today? Are you excited? ALL HUMAN AND EMOTIONS AND ALL APART OF MENTAL HEALTH. Just because there is more awareness of it, more tools out there to “label” and help, and a lot more things in the world that increase some struggles does not make mental health a bad thing. Stop acting like it’s weird to not be okay.
Mental health just means taking care of YOU. It does not mean you are crazy. It does not mean there is something wrong with you. It does not make you weak. Or less. Your brain space is just as important as your emotional intelligence and your physical well being. We normalize seeing a doctor when there is something wrong and we cannot fix it on our own. Why would we not normalize seeing somebody trained in mental health when something is hard and we need help? It’s not all “feelings” like so many think. It also doesn’t mean anyone is failing. You’re not failing. Does your kid need help? You’re still not failing.
There are so many biological and outside factors that add into someone’s mental space. A lot beyond our control. Being aware and caring enough about yourself to do something is probably the biggest show of strength out there.
So, anyways, mental health matters. 🏽