Let’s Talk Mental Health
--by TC, posted Sep 2, 2023
Each month I attend an open stage event at a local café and read a few of my inspirations. It is fun to participate and to enjoy the talents of others who take to the stage to perform. May is youth mental health awareness month. It took me some time to write something I felt would be relevant and meaningful. I felt what I had written was too long to share in one post, so I have broken it down into three parts.
Part 1: Starting the Conversation
Discussions about mental health are more acceptable today but it was not always the case. As a young person I vaguely knew about death by suicide, nervous breakdowns, postpartum depression, grief and different mental health conditions such as bi-polar disorder. If they were talked about at all it was in hushed tones and not in front of children. Things are changing. There is more information and discussions about mental health, where to seek help if we need it no matter what age we are and yet I feel there is more work to be done to ensure everyone is informed of the resources that are available. Also, we need to recognize where there are gaps in those services so that we can implement ways to fill those gaps and supply the services that are needed. If you know you are struggling or know of someone else who is, do not wait and go it alone. Talk to a trusted friend, research for the services that will help you and then take steps to contact them. Be kind to yourself just as you would your best friend and know that you are not alone, there are people who love you even when you do not feel it. Taking care of our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical well-being. Do not hesitate, seek help today if you feel you need it. Picture taken and written by T.C.