You've heard people saying #breakthestigma, but have you wondered how we can do that?
Here are a few ways:
Talk about it! The more people talk about mental health, the less stigma there will be. 1 in 5 adults has some sort of mental health disorder, so why is it still something that people are ashamed of?
Educate yourself. Educate not only yourself but the people around you. Look up the statistics, the facts, and then combat any negativity with the truth.
Watch your language. Words matter and words can hurt, so be sure to watch what you're saying. A lot of people began using mental health words without thinking of how they could affect other people. Things like, "Oh that is so depressing" "If this doesn't work out, I'm going to **** myself" etc. These words have huge meanings.
Show empathy. Be kind. You don't know what someone is going through, sometimes a simple smile can make someone's whole day.
Be honest. Why is it that if someone goes to get their blood drawn, there's no shame, but if someone mentions therapy, it's almost like a "taboo" subject? It isn't something to be ashamed of!