Mental health week, what does it even mean? A week where we are aware of who has mental health issues and who doesn't? Just some fun where we are able to participate in some fun activities and then return to our normal lives?

I think it allows us to be open about mental health issues, breaks the stigma about talking about mental health, even if it is for only a week. It allows us to question our own mental health and check how our loved ones are. Most mental health issues don't show on the surface, people continue their everyday lives with a constant internal struggle that many aren't aware of. 

It is not just about depression or anxiety, it is also about schizophrenia, bulimia, anorexia, bipolar, personality disorders, those with long term diagnoses. I feel we only really deal with those who have depression, but we should also point out attentions to other mental health issues. We should be aware of what it means to really have a mental health issues, not just what media has showed us. 

My aim for this week is to ask people how they are, how they are coping and telling them they are important and how much I appreciate them. Most may say that they do this on a daily basis anyway, great, but do you really allow someone to open up and feel that they can talk about their struggles? 

Some people may not want to talk and that is fine, but knowing they have someone they can turn to, someone to support them that can mean so much more than actually opening up. So take a moment to think: who have you got to turn to? who is in your support system?

Mental health can sneak up on you from no where, so even if you aren't struggling currently, it is always good to be aware of the resources around you that can support you when times do get hard. 

It is always okay to talk about mental health. There is nothing to be ashamed of, you shouldn't feel like you have to hide your struggles, it does not make you weak to express yourself and let people know your struggling. It takes real strength to be open about. 

Published by Katy-Jane Pitt