Why is there a stigma surrounding mental health? Why are people afraid to talk about their suffering? I think we fear the consequences – will I be sectioned – will I be put in a straight jacket? Will people think I’m mad? People love to jump to conclusions and put people down only to make themselves feel better. I’ve been on the receiving end and it’s far from pleasant.
Our parents, grandparents and other educators have always said “it doesn’t matter what people think” “sticks and stones….” but it still hurts. It still makes us vulnerable. It makes us feel like we’ve failed – like we’re not good enough.
I’m hoping that in mental health week and with the support of the Royal Family this week we’re going to make a difference. #starfishmalawi I’m going to make a difference and talk about my mental health openly and encourage others to talk and even more to listen. Who’s with me?