In respect to Mental Health Month, I am going to reveal a little bit about my history with mental health issues. Here’s what I believe that mental health issues running in every family, no matter the ethnicity or gender. This is a human race matter that we should all be paying more attention to. I have siblings who have mental health issues; one suffering with bipolar disorder and in the end he took his own life in January 2008 as well as a few uncles and aunts who all suffer from some form of mental disorder. This subject matter is not one I take lightly and know that its effect on the nation has people awakening to the fact that we need to take a look at what can be done to heal and help those in need. I constantly wonder about my own state of mind and how mental strong I am. I know that I sometimes deal with anxiety/panic attacks and work to stay in control of them in fear that they can get beyond my control. I discovered that talking to someone who will not judge my thoughts and feelings about what I am anxious about helps. One of our biggest barriers in helping those in turmoil is judgement. People fear the judgement and we sometimes write people off who have them when they show early signs of having the issue. However, many run from the help. For me, I knew that there were some things I wanted the help with and becoming conscious of what was happening internally became my life’s mission. Look at some of the celebrities going through issues like bipolar or depression like Katherine Zeta-Jones and Robert Kardashian; it just happened in a flash. Ryan Phillippe, was interviewed and recalled that he went through a long state of depression and what moved him to get him was that he did not want his daughter to see him that way but some people can’t seem to get themselves to that place of healing and normalcy.
I guess my question is: how do you start the conversation with someone who you know and love about mental health issues and getting them to get help? Do any of the readers have any thoughts on this matter? Let us know.
Check out an article from mentalhealthamerica.net below about Mental Health
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