This Mental Health Awareness Month, Share Your Story

Mental health awareness month

Mental health is highly individualized — your depression may not look exactly like your neighbor’s or coworker’s. You may experience anxiety as a tightness in your chest whereas your ex boyfriend lashes out at the closest target. The same goes for treatment. Whether it be types of psychotherapy or medications, what works for one person isn’t necessarily what will be effective for another. While you may do best in individual therapy, your cousin might prefer group therapy, and your parents may need couple’s counseling.

And, although we’re slowly breaking the stigma around sharing our mental health journeys with one another, most of us still find it difficult to open up about our struggles. Just think about all of those weekly recurring “doctor’s appointments” you see on others’ work calendars. Most of us would go to great lengths to not disclose to our employer that we’re dealing with a mental health issue — sometimes for good reason. We worry that our supervisors will lose faith in our abilities, question our toughness, or otherwise penalize us. Consider also how long it takes most of us to let a new partner know about our mental health challenges — no one wants to be thought of as “abnormal.”

For Mental Health Month 2019, we’re encouraging everyone to continue to help eradicate the stigma around mental illness by sharing their very different and totally individual stories. Afterall, when it comes to mental health, recovery, and self-care, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. It’s personal, it’s complicated, it’s diverse, it’s YOUR story. That’s why we’re getting real with one another this month.

Throughout May we’re creating a conversation on social media around what #MyMentalHealthLooksLike. We’ll ask you to share your experience and journey so that we can continue to destigmatize and normalize mental health issues. Remember, every story makes a difference.

If you’d like to participate, join our conversation by sharing your experience and tagging us in your Instagram stories or posts and use the hashtag #MyMentalHealthLooksLike for a chance to be featured.

Each May, Mental Health Month aims to raise awareness about mental health issues, to advocate for equal care, and provide support to those in need. This advocacy is more important than ever. A recent study from researchers at NYU Langone found that the number of Americans suffering from serious psychological distress is increasing while important access to mental health care has decreased. Talkspace is devoted to reversing these statistics — we cannot let this trend continue.

During May 2017, we focused on empowering individuals to “light their way” to better mental health, happiness, and improved well-being. Throughout the month we brought tips and tools directly from a therapist to help improve daily well-being and deal with ongoing mental health challenges. No appointment needed!

More Americans suffering psychological distress as access to care has dropped. #LightYourWay in May to better mental health!

We also shared stories of people who have struggled to accept, face, and overcome the difficulties of mental illness, those who’ve fought the societal stigma associated with mental health labels and diagnoses.

We still want to hear from you! All month long join us on social media using #LightYourWay to show us how you’re making changes — no matter how small — to find your happiness. Our hope is that by sharing these tips and stories we can fire up a conversation that promotes change and gives those who are suffering in silence the space and support they need to take a step into the light.

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