We live in a society that does not deal with mental health very well. It is swept under the rug and not really spoken about. The very few times that it is, it's often severe cases where people are so debilitated by their mental health difficulty that they are in so much distress needing extreme interventions such as hospitalisation. This isn't always true for those who experience difficultly. Some people suffer through mental health problems but can still go to work and school, can still take care of their families and even go out with friends. They go without help because they aren't seen to be needing help, they cant identify that they need help or aren't deemed severe enough to need any sort of intervention. This doesn't mean that their experiences are any less of a struggle. Working in mental health I’ve come across people who vocalised how much they needed emotional support and not to be discriminated against because they have mental health difficulty.
On the Mental Pulse Facebook page we asked “What does mental health difficulty look like to me”. The responses were enlightening. People spoke of their experiences from everyday difficulties that life can at times present and the effects that has on their mental health to experiences of being hospitalised and even experiences of those who have worked within mental health helping those in need. This highlights how mental health difficulty is faced by all of us in different ways. Our differences shouldn't be what separates us but what brings us together in this fight to create awareness for mental health difficulty. We need to stop blanketing everyone together and applying a one size fits all mentally on such complex issues that our society faces.
Mental Pulse aims to address this problem, creating a space where mental health awareness is accessible enabling people to identify what it looks like, what they can do to empower themselves and how to seek out help. It all starts with a conversation focused on how mental health affects all of us, with this we can break down stigma and create awareness, fostering a more inclusive society, one that is sensitive to everyone’s struggle.
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