Friday, 10 October 2014

World Mental Health Day 2014

Today is World Mental Health Day, and it's something I've seen trending over twitter all day (and week actually). I felt quite honored to be mentioned in certain tweets and I love that as a community, there are many people myth busting, trying to decrease stigma and generally raising awareness. I love that people are talking to each other about mental health, offering people an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on - it's definitely a step in the right direction.

However, for me today is a day that could have gone by without me even knowing about it. Part of me is ashamed to admit that but actually, most of me is rather happy. I'm too busy living, to have to time to get involved. I think for me, and I've said previously, getting involved in mental health awareness is a way of clinging onto unhealthy behaviours and means I still be attached to 'safety', without it becoming destructive.

Even though I'm contradicting myself and I'm actually writing about today, it's more to write about the one thing that still annoys me. How as a society, mental health and physical health are separated. We all have both a mental and physical health but at the end of the day, health is health. It all equally as important, and the sooner we understand this, the less time we waste prejudging people. Just like I can break my leg tomorrow, it is just as easy for you to be struck with depression. It's so important to take care of our brain as well as our liver, kidneys, heart etc. Looking after ourselves seems to have become something many people find difficult or not worthy of, yet I cannot think of a logical explanation as to why this is acceptable. We need to learn to take time to look after our brains more, as I feel we definitely neglect them.

So, my mental health is actually pretty good right now. How is yours?


Josie said...

I agree, both are equally as important and actually linked together...mental illness can make you physically ill and physical illnesses can really affect your mental state. I would never say that my illness is more 'real' than yours but there are people that have that attitude and it needs to stop! It's all down to education though and blogs like yours are helping to spread the word.

On a brighter note I'm so happy you're happy! And I have to admit to you I broke my spending ban BIG TIME :( x

Josie’s Journal

Unknown said...

I really like your Blog! Awesome Photos and interesting Stuff. Do you want to s
upport each other and follow via GFC? If yes please tell me and i follow back. Lets stay in touch. :)

Greetings Sophia xx
M Y B L O G.
I N S T A G R A M.

Copyright © What I Know Now. Blog Design by