It does not matter who you are nor what stage you are in life — mental health issues affect each and every one of us at some point in a variety of forms. The most important thing to do is to reach out for help when you need it.
We often times see our friends and family joking on social media about how broke, tired, or busy they are. But too often when the demands of our lives become too much, we believe sharing our problems or asking for help is admitting failure or taboo.
Even for teenagers and young adults mental health issues can remain hidden. A sense of anxiety surrounding school work, struggling to keep up with the demands that come from living on your own, relationship issues, or challenges as we begin our careers can all add up.
Opening up with friends and loved ones, calling a hotline, undertaking counseling or mental health services is not a sign of weakness. Instead, it is a strength and signals that you care about yourself and your personal well-being by letting others in. Often times when we open up others will too and we can see that we are not alone in our struggles.
Your personal mental health issues do not define who you are. Opening up about them is a critical first step towards taking ownership over your well-being and beginning to tackle ways you can address your mental health to ultimately live your best life.
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