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10 Reasons to talk about your mental health

Updated: Nov 18, 2023

It is still a taboo topic. Talking about mental health still raises eyebrows even today. In some communities, talking about mental health is still not widely accepted and it is considered a rich person’s disease or unconventional. Talking about mental health issues would help make a small leeway for others to come and speak up about it as well. This is because, the more we talk, the more aware we can be.

It's equally important as physical health. If one can go to the Outpatient Department in a hospital due to consistent knee pain without any judgement, it should be equally acceptable to seek mental health help when you are not feeling well mentally. One can only be fully healthy if their mental health is also kept in check. We see that once can easily reach out for pills or home remedies when we catch a cold, but hide and suffer when we can't even get out of bed due to an underlying mental issue. Both the mind and body have to be healthy for someone to be at their best.

Promotes mental health wellness and reduces suicides. In 2021, India reported its highest suicide rate ever recorded, which is about 12 in 100000 people. It is yet to be debated if the rise in numbers is due to better reporting or an actual increase in distress among us. Not only that, studies have shown that those that attempt or succeed in suicide tend to have a history of undetected or detected mental issues. Creating more awareness and paving an easier way to access mental health could reduce the number of suicide rates in our community.

To normalise discussing mental wellness. We rarely want to say “I have been feeling quite depressed/anxious/nervous lately”, and rather we say “I have been having this headache/ muscle pain/tiredness for days now”. People tend to hush about mental wellness thinking there will be judgments. Yes, some may judge, but how are we supposed to make it sound more and more normal talking about mental health if we simply don't talk about it in the first place? We should work on normalising not being okay as well.

Allows you to express yourself more. Talking about mental health will allow you to share and open up about your feelings more freely. There will be no need to always keep saying “ I am fine. I am okay”. While these are good positive affirmations, talking about mental health will help you to be more free with your own emotions. It will hopefully normalise not being okay or not being your best on certain days.

Be aware of the language. Ever noticed someone saying “Oh he/she is just so psycho.” “Why are you so boring all the time?” While changing our narratives to other’s mental health issues takes a lot of time and effort, being able to talk openly about mental health will help in being aware of the importance. For example, when someone is using a walking stick due to knee pain, we assume the person is having some sort of pain in the leg and we sympathise with them. If such a person boards a public transport, we may give up our seat to accommodate them. We will also say that the person is in pain and can’t walk well. However, the same does not happen if a person is looking sad or anxious in our workplace. Some may ask “all good? And a nod completes the conversation”. We do not bother to say “ Hey, let me go and see if there is any way I can support him or her. Maybe they just need a listening ear.

Educate others and yourself. It never hurts to learn about mental health issues and its effects on people. The more you know about a certain issue, the more you can educate others as well on the same. We can also be more accepting of mental health topics as educating ourselves will help us understand why a person might be going through something in a certain way.

Cope with stressors healthily. Talking about mental health will allow us to deal with it in a healthier manner rather than using unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with our issues. If there are issues that are stressing us out, knowing that we can address it openly will help in reaching out to the appropriate helpful resource. When these stressors are suppressed within, we automatically direct ourselves to mask these feelings and thoughts.

Improves productivity. Having an outlet to address and understand mental health will help you become productive in your life. Addressing them will definitely help to improve the quality of your overall health and you will be able to focus on what is more important.

Improves the quality of your life. Mental health is just as important as physical health. It's just that it is not talked about enough. Though it should not sound like a luxury and something normal, imagine if you had access to working on both the mental and physical aspects of your health without being judged.

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