I knew that yesterday was World Mental Health day. How could I not? It was all over social media and a centre of topic for a lot of people, especially on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. I even noticed that there was a popular hashtag ItsOkToNotBeOk circulating. But I chose not to share anything about mental health yesterday because there was enough of it.
Sometimes more volume and content about mental health in ONE day, like yesterday, makes me sad because I realize that mental health is neglected and forgotten by most people for the rest of the year.
Don’t get me wrong – I wasn’t angry or resentful about it at all! I’m glad people are more aware about mental health and compassionate towards people with mental illnesses. I’m also not blind to the stigma that myself and others feel on every other day besides these days. I work in healthcare with other nurses and doctors and face the same mental health stigma.
Beyond World Mental Health day, there are many other days where some of us need your love, support, and listening ears the most, and not your voice for more advice or wisdom.
I imagine a world where everyday is like World Mental Health day and everyone is mindful about how they think, act, and speak about mental health. I have no expectations of others to have knowledge of mental health or experience with mental health, but that’s where learning can begin. That self-awareness is where the seed can be planted and we can all continue to learn more about how to be gentle and understanding of each other.
For example, depression, anxiety, and even bipolar disorder are popular topics these days, but the moment I expose my world of auditory hallucinations like hearing voices on the daily, I can see the discomfort and silence.
Again, I have no expectations from anyone especially because I’m unsure if they have even ever had someone tell them that they have regular friends who visit from time to time – but aren’t real and are merely hallucinations. I just want to live in a world where we can become more open and inquisitive about it so that eventually we can help each other when we’re in need.
Thank you for having a World Mental Health day, but let’s keep doing a better job in the future of talking about mental health everyday.