Talking about mental health–especially your own–is never easy
Mental Health is a topic that most people avoid, deny, or, at best, impartially skim over. On a day-to-day basis, mental health might seem like something you might come across while scrolling through your social media feed, but nothing that concerns you. You might even think your mental health is in good standing, since you are not suicidal or self-harming. But this is the misconception around mental health.
People only seem to take mental health seriously when scary words like ‘suicidal,’ ‘self harm,’ and ‘depression’ are mentioned. But when things like ‘loneliness,’ ‘boredom,’ ‘insecure,’ ‘self-conscious,’ ‘angry,’ or ‘confused’ are used, most people brush these off. The reality is that a person’s mental health is not as black-and-white as ‘fine’ and ‘not fine.’ More accurately, mental health is like a balance that can be tipped by seemingly insignificant or unimportant things, such as being bored constantly, getting angry easily at little things, avoidng your reflection, or never having clear decisions about anything.
At first glance, a person might tell you that you being bored constantly is just a matter of not having a hobby. They may brush you off and tell you to join or a club or go out and do something. But what they might not realize, is that your constant boredom might be a sign of depression, which, if left unacknowledged and untreated for more time, could develop into those scary words that finally make people take your mental health seriously. But if it comes to that point, the damange is already done.
The reality is that a person’s mental health is not as black-and-white as ‘fine’ and ‘not fine.’ More accurately, mental health is like a balance that can be tipped by seemingly insignificant or unimportant things…
So what is the best way to talk about your mental health, when you are experiencing symptons that people usually brush off?
The keyword is ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, and it begins with you. When you begin to notice patterns in your mood, feelings, or behaviors that feel negative, draining or damaging, do not ignore them. Don’t be afraid to name what you are feeling–boredom, confusion, insecurity, etc. Talk to someone who cares about you, whom you trust, about all these feelings and sensations, no matter how small they may be, in a way that is CLEAR how this is concerning to your WELLBEING. You may be surprised that by starting this conversation with honest acknowledgement, the other person might point out patterns they may have seen in your behavior that you were not aware of, or had never noticed.
This conversation can then shine a light on your mental health, illuminating many things that were previously ignored, denied, or unknowledged. From this point, seeking out professional help is the next good step to take. The mental health conversation should not begin when you are at a critical point in the brink of damage, self harm, or danger to yourself. Something as simple as aknowledging the patterns in your life that seem to drag you down and deplete you, can be the spark that lights the flame of hope to improving your mental health and preventing damange and harm in your life.
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Thank you for reading. Have a positive day!