I already brought up Mental Health Awareness Week in my previous post, about why it’s so important to keep the conversation going after this. I mentioned how important it is to create an environment where people can talk about their mental health, and how amplifying the voices of those with a mental illness can help reduce stigma. So that’s exactly what I’m gonna do right now. I’ve been blogging a lot about mental health myself, but there are so many great bloggers out there sharing their journey with a mental illness, which I’d like to bring attention to in this post. Because by creating visibility, we create awareness and take another step towards ending the stigma around mental health.
May is Mental Health Month, and this week specifically is Mental Health Awareness Week. I love how people have been sharing their stories, the support people have shown and the attention that’s going to mental health, and wish it could be like this all the time. We all need to be talking more about our mental health, we have to listen to what people with a mental illness have to say, amplify their voices and raise awareness every single week. Why, you ask?
The summer before starting elementary school, after a period of struggling with allergies and having difficulties breathing, I was diagnosed with asthma. But around the same time, something else started to develop. The older I got, the more insecure and anxious I became, until I started looking for help in my early twenties.
When I opened Twitter earlier this week and saw a Tumblr screenshot of how to help someone with a panic attack going around and being criticized, I wasn’t really surprised. The image mentions that, when you see someone have a panic attack, you should grab the person and give them a tight hug, whether they want it or not, and rock them back and forth. It’s a pretty great example of how not to help someone during a panic attack, and how to make matters worse.
“I’m glad you moved to Norway, I’m guessing they treat their immigrants worse than their own people, life must be great there.” While on the phone with my grandparents earlier this week, they jumped on the subject of immigration and refugees, and how, in their opinion, immigrants shouldn’t receive any benefits, forgetting that their own granddaughter is an immigrant somewhere.