This morning I would like to take a moment to talk about mental health and how it can affect many people.
Since 2007 I have been dealing with depression. It is caused by the brain either refusing to or seriously reducing the amount of serotonin it produces. Basically, this means a chemical imbalance in the brain.
Since my diagnosis, I have noticed that the stigma around mental health is rampant. People feel too afraid to tell people they have mental health problems for fear of what might happen. I have experienced myself the downside to disclosing mental health problems to employers who went from treating me like everyone else to treating me like a piece of glass that could break at any moment.
Until such time as it becomes more acceptable to have mental health problems, the stigma will continue. One way for this to happen is for more people to take the stance of “so what, I have mental health issues, who cares” and be as open as they can be. The more people who stand up and openly say they have issues will make the world see that we are not a minority and that it does not discriminate.
A baby step that people can take, put it in your bio on social media. This is something that means that everyone will see without you having to say to each person