There is a lot of work that needs to be done to accept people living with mental health issues. We fight daily stigma, misunderstanding, and conflict when living with a mental illness. Despite the world needing to change so much, we can make a huge impact when we speak up, even as one single person.
Mental health issues are common. According to NAMI, 1 in 5 adults experience a mental illness. 1 in 25 experience that illness in a disabling capacity—one that significantly impacts their life. Mood disorders like depression are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the United States.
Yet we still treat mental health issues like something we fake, something that’s not a serious public health concern. Something that doesn’t really affect millions of lives.
You can make a difference each time you talk about mental health issues
There are many forms of stigma and oppression we face, but here are five of the most critical things we need to change. We need to:
- No longer see mentally ill people as violent
- Start to see people with mental health issues are powerful contributors to society
- Respect that mental illness can be a disability
- No longer define people by their mental illness
- Give us the space and accommodations we need to take care of ourselves
This episode addresses these five most critical things we need to change about how we see people living with mental health issues. Beyond listing the changes, this episode also provides empowered actions you can take to change how society sees mental illness.
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Let’s start changing how the world sees mental health issues. Let us collectively remove stigma by talking about these ideas and sharing this video (and others like it).
Change always begins with one person. You can be the center in a web of positivity. Your voice alone can change the lives of dozens of people living with mental illness.
I believe that your words matter and I’d love to hear from you in a comment below.
What do you want people to know about living with a mental health issue? What do you want the world to change about how we’re seen?
If you are an ally, then please share this blog and encourage others to as well. Having conversations with people who don’t yet understand mental health issues and how significant it is to live with mental illness is essential. It will make a huge difference.
If you live with mental illness, I’d encourage you to share this blog as well. Ask your allies to share it and post it on your favorite social media network. We are often the first people to make change in how our own conditions are seen, so your sharing is just as important as when an ally links to this blog.
Thank you for taking the time to watch this episode. Thank you for helping to change the world for those of us living with mental health issues. It means so much to me and it means a lot to so many others, too.