It’s May, which means it’s Mental Health Awareness Month! This is the first I’m hearing of this month, which is shocking to both you and me because I’m such a strong advocate for mental health awareness.
I won’t go into too much detail for the sake of privacy, but I am very close to several individuals who suffer from mental illnesses, so this is an issue that has always been close to my heart.
I think it’s important to not only spread awareness, but also break the stigma that often follows mental illnesses. I’m tired of hearing people deemed as “crazy” or “messed up.” In my opinion, mental illness is just as harmful to the individual as any other disease he or she could have developed. And deeming them as crazy hinders their chances at looking for help and/or trying to talk to someone. Mental illness is a terrible thing to battle, especially alone, and I understand it’s hard for us as humans to understand something that we ourselves have not experienced or experienced close to us.
Please, please, educate yourselves on mental illnesses. Spread awareness. Break the stigma. Talk to the people in your lives that you know suffer from a mental illness. Encourage them to talk to someone. The best way to rid ourselves of ignorance is through educating ourselves on not only the people who suffer from the illness, but also educating ourselves on the various illnesses.
What are you going to do this month to spread awareness? It can be something as small as purchasing a Pura Vida Bracelet*, which is what I am going to do. In addition to this, I’m going to be talking about one of my favorite novels, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, which is a YA Fiction novel that beautifully captures mental illness and the stigma that comes with it. Check out my review of All the Bright Places to see if you’d be interested in the read! It’s a book I love and one I recommend to anyone.
I’ll be doing research of my own to see if I can find any more novels that would be a great read, especially for this month. Thank you for reading! As always, if you have any questions for me about the blog or mental illnesses, leave a comment below or shoot me an email! I’ll answer as best as I can or point you in the right direction to learn more information. 🙂
*I am not affiliated with Pura Vida Bracelets. I simply stumbled across the website through a friend and thought that they were cute! I also like that a portion of the sale is donated to charity–how awesome is that?! But please, do not feel the need to go out and purchase one. I am not forcing it down your throat, I promise! I just wanted to share with you what I was doing to start spreading awareness of the cause, but there are many other ways that you can do this. In fact, I want to hear about them! Leave me a comment below telling me what you’re planning on doing this month.