Next time you are in the supermarket, look around.
Look at the professionally dressed lady, grabbing a sandwich on her lunch break, the mother cooing over her newborn baby, the employee joking with his workmates… 1 in 4 people are affected by mental health issues every year (statistic from Time To Change). It could be the lady grabbing a sandwich, it could be the employee, it could be you.
Mental health issues can affect anyone at any time and that is why I believe those with a mental health problem, like myself, should not be judged.
I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite quotes from fellow bloggers regarding what we wish you understood about mental health –
‘Fresh air’ doesn’t cure everything, and that being told to ‘man up and get on with it’ really isn’t helpful. It’s just not that simple. – Kate Fever (My Family Fever)
I’m not a sufferer but my husband has attempted suicide and continues to suffer. As the partner of someone suffering, I wish people would understand that it’s not selfish or cowardly and it certainly doesn’t mean I should leave him. It’s an illness and requires more support than ever. – Jo Smith (Coming From Carson’s Mummy)
It doesn’t mean your weak . My dad suffered for years and tried so hard to hide it because he thought it made him less of a person. Which is doesn’t. – Jessica Harvey (Beauties And The Bibs)
I used to suffer badly with agoraphobia and even though it’s A LOT better, I still get moments of absolute fear. ‘You’ll be fine’ is one of the most annoying things someone can say. It doesn’t reassure in the slightest, and just because I’ve done it before, doesn’t mean I’m 100% okay about doing it again. – Amy Connolly (All Things Amy)
Hold a hand, listen, mental health might change the way a person thinks or behaves, but it doesn’t change who the person is.