I’m thinking about all these widely known people committing suicide the past couple of years.
Having been there (had suicidal ideations in the past), I have written before about my thoughts on the increasing number of suicides and of suicide in general.
Well, to be honest, I’m not sure if it’s an increase of suicides, or if it’s just the same as in the past, but nowadays the incidents see the light of day more frequently. It doesn’t matter that much.
For the past couple of days I was thinking that all these cases, they should work as a wake up call.
Mental health is here. It may be unseen sometimes, but we have to do something about it.
It takes a village to make progress. But it always starts with a person! Me, you, everyone. Each one of us should start doing something, talking, speaking out, sharing stories, opening a dialog about mental health, about what really is about, etc.
I have been someone with an untreated mental health disorder for about 8 years and I have friends who have a mental health issue and don’t continue their treatment (being in denial) guilty or not even starting a treatment in the first place (also a form of denial).
But denial doesn’t lead anywhere. And all the myths about what mental health disorders and issues are like continue going from mouth to mouth; and it would take the same energy to get to know mental health better, than creating a ton of misinformation around it!
It takes a village, but it starts from the person, you, and me, and everyone else.
The most important thing, and an idea to begin with is acceptance. Accepting that mental health exists, that it’s a real thing that can kill you if left untreated and inside a tornado of denial. Otherwise it’s treatable.
And then, after acceptance, come words, and expression, and the beginning of a dialog.
Sounds like an utopia? Maybe…
But, mental health is something that’s treatable, it’s about your brain, your body is there to support you; anything related to mental health has some kind of solution.
And even though you might think you’re alone, there are thousands (if not millions) of people out there that can relate to you.
So, why keeping yourself and your issue in the shadows?