Every year we dedicate one week to Mental Health Awareness to aid in decreasing stigma surrounding mental health disorders. This year the theme of the week is kindness, not only kindness to others but kindness to yourself. Struggles with mental health present themselves in various forms. Waking up with a racing heart and a heavy chest may be indicative of anxiety. Suffering from sudden panic and flashbacks to traumatic experiences when going through typically mundane tasks may be indicative of Post-Traumatic Stress. Feelings of wanting to be isolated in your room instead of socializing with friends and family and not finding joy in things that you used to may be indicative of depression. Some of us sense our mental health struggles in our changing emotions; others of us feel it in our bodies. None of this is wrong or bad. It is all allowed. It is all welcome. It is okay to have big feelings. You don’t have to go through it alone. Seek help when you need it. Utilize your close friends and family as support even when you feel completely alone. You are not alone. You matter.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2020