Mental Health Awareness Month: Who Inspires Me to Speak Openly About Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it really couldn't be happening at a better time. The words "mental health issue" are being thrown so much it's enough to make me crazy. Er. Crazier. And this is because I find it kind of demeaning. As someone diagnosed with Severe Major Depressive Disorder I really take offense to how careless those words get thrown around. People have bad days. People have crazy days. Some people are just assholes, but that doesn't mean they suffer from a mental illness. And yes I know, it doesn't mean that they don't suffer from one-anyone can be an asshole with anxiety. Either way I think this is a good time to reflect on what having mental health issues really are and because I'm FINALLY taking steps to take care of myself in that respect 100%, the timing couldn't be more perfect.

So what is mental health? According to it's this:

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

So who has inspired me to speak more openly about mental health? Society. People with mental health issues aren't looked at as if they were lepers or made out of glass anymore. The conversation surrounding it has come out in full force and everyone is coming out of the woodwork and saying me too. Not that me too, this me too. Damn, we need a hashtag.

As the month goes on I'm going to write about my personal mental health issues more because it's important to have these conversations no matter how hard they are. For me, talking about it is a way to let people know that even when I'm not okay I really really want to be. When I have my awful days the only reason I talk about them isn't because I want pity but because I want to put it out there that I'll do whatever I can to get out of that funk. It's going to very hard for me to write and share with the masses but the more I put it out there the more comfortable I'll be with myself, my life, and everyone around me.

Stay tuned...