But it's not who I am: Ending the Stigma

May 31, 2019

 

 

As Mental Health Awareness Month comes to a close this year, our team is left with an immense amount of hope. A hope that is relentless and tangible.

 

We watched as people, from all over the world, shared their stories around Mental Health. We saw individuals, through Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter open their hearts and share their fight with depression.

 

We heard from our Community about why Mental Health & Emotional Awareness were important:

 

“Emotional Awareness and Mental Health are very important to me. I think that Emotional Awareness is key. If people are able to identify the way that they are feeling, that is the first step to dealing with their emotional state in a more positive and productive way. If someone is unable to identify what they are feeling, it is unlikely that they will be able to express themselves and move through those emotions. Mental Health is important to me because I have a history of Mental Health issues in my own life that I am working through on a daily basis. I have found that over time the more open and honest that I am about what I am going through the easier it is for me to initiate the healing process.” - Josh

 

“Emotional Awareness and Mental Health are important to me because it’s the same thing as a physical injury. Mental health can often be affected by physical injuries and mental health is what makes us tick. If we aren’t emotionally aware then we can’t fully take care of ourselves.” - Sarah

 

“I work with students who have emotional disabilities.  Every day, I see the challenges these children face, because they have difficulty with emotional awareness.  On a more personal note, living with anxiety and stress means that I have to be more aware of my own emotions and the effects they have others and on me.” - Erik

 

This past month, we sat down with a local small group of strangers and we Checked-in. We opened up. In the midst of our busy lifestyles, we took the time not only share how we felt, but we also learned how to listen.

 

 

 

We saw the world that steps toward making Emotional Awareness a priority:

 

Forbes:

“We will never make significant headway against mental illness unless we remove the stigma surrounding it. Doing so requires that we change the way we think and talk about mental health.”

 

NPR:

“School shootings, the rise in the uncertainty from globalization and the economic uncertainties, and of course the economic recession of 2008. Our students today were young then, and the anxiety, we think, really had an impact on their families, as well as on what they could glean from the news. And, of course, being in this 24/7 news cycle as well as the Internet itself, has really created a different childhood."

 

Prevention:

Emma Stone - “While opening about it was scary for her, she says it has been “very healing,” along with therapy and medication. Stone emphasized that her anxiety “is something that is part of me but it’s not who I am."

 

 

Today marks the final day of Mental Health Awareness Month for 2019. But that certainly does not mean it marks the final day of awareness. In fact, this is our call to action to take this hope and turn it into conversations, connections, and Check-ins.

 

You can continue to support by speaking out, opening up to a friend, or rocking the d2e logo to inspire. You can make a difference.

 

Rock the Swag, start a conversation: www.depression2extinction.org/shop

 

Check-in: www.depression2extinction.org/check-in

 

Join the Community: www.facebook.com/groups/d2ecommunity/

 

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