Today, of all days, it is worth saying that life without good mental health is hard.
From my experience, in the developed world, it can still feel dark, stressful, and overwhelming to struggle on alone.
In developed and developing nations stigma about mental health conditions can affect outcomes. In some countries and cultures mental health taboos can leave those issues to silently fester in the dark. People affected can hide their illness. It can feel their secret shame to bear alone.
Left untreated their illness can become more significant than it needed to be. That is bad news for their loved ones, their colleagues and everyone else affected.
So, to change those outcomes, wherever we live, tackling mental health issues needs to involve:
- Recognising something is making our life more complicated than it needs be
- Reaching out to professionals who are able to help
- Staying in touch with good listeners amongst our family network and friendship circle
- Being kind to ourselves
What has worked for you, or people you know?
Always worth remembering, wherever in the World we find ourselves, and whatever else is important in our lives, struggling alone is not a solution.
We are stronger together.