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It really bothers me that when mental health is brought up, the initial thought in a person’s mind is “crazy people.”

Yes, there are people with a mental illness that are walking the streets shouting obscure things, but those people are either in crisis or haven’t been connected to the right resources. In reality, a lot of people with a mental illness are integrated into society and go unnoticeable from the “norm.”

How people should think about mental health is that it’s something that we all have. We all have a mind and the responsibility to keep it healthy. Mental health isn’t something only “crazy people” should be aware of, it is something everyone should be aware and take care of. Whether or not you are diagnosed with a psychological disorder you should still take the time to take that personal day of relaxation to yourself, plan methods of how to deal with stress, educate yourself more on mental health and try to maintain balance in your life.

I have a feeling that the majority of the people who read this blog are those with psychological disorders or supporters of the bloggers, but all kinds of people should be reading resources like this to educate themselves more on their mental health. I didn’t really think about my mental health much until it was too late, but I definitely should have.

So if you’re reading this, just for the sake of getting more general knowledge, then that’s great, you’re already one step ahead of everyone else with regards to your mental health.

Side note: I know I have been usually posting about my personal experiences with depression, but I just wanted to rant about this since it has been bothering me for a while. Hopefully the more educated people become about mental health the less stigma there will be.

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.

  • lsong

    I would like to petition the Ministries of Education in all provinces to include Mental Health education in all high school curricula in compulsory subjects – and not as a thin overview in one chapter of a textbook. I’ll work on it.

    • eb

      Yes exactly ! It would be SO helpful for schools to discuss mental health, especially since its a lot of teens and young adults experience large amounts of stress. And Mental illnesses usually come about from young ages.

      • lsong

        The young people need less testimonials and more of the science behind MI’s – they will believe it it real if they are taught about the brain, neurotransmitters etc.

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