If you’re like many Americans, Halloween costume shopping is on your to-do list. After all, it’s fun to dress up like someone or something you’re not. But a disguise isn't always a good idea. Not, for instance, if you suffer from a mental health disorder.
what about taking the time to show others who you truly are?
When you live with a mental health disorder, it can eventually become second nature to wear a costume or disguise 24/7. At least it has for me, since depressed and anxious behaviors and viewpoints aren’t valued in this society.
However, mental health organizations are encouraging people with mental health issues to speak out and share their stories with the world this month in order to raise awareness of all such conditions, and hopefully to increasingly reduce stigma.
For example, Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 5 to 11, National Depression Screening Day is October 9, National Bipolar Awareness Day is October 10, and World Mental Health Day is October 10.
OCD Awareness Week is October 13 to 19, and the whole month of October is ADHD Awareness Month.
Please see the links below for more information.
Now that you’re aware of different ways/events to raise mental health awareness this month, you can start broaching the topic with others.
For people who haven’t suffered from mental illness, it can be difficult to find the right words to say to someone who is currently suffering.
Here are eight statements you may want to avoid saying to someone who is suffering from both anxiety and depression.
1) “You don’t have depression, you’re just sad. You’ll get over it soon. Everything will be OK.”
Generally this statement comes from a lack of understanding of what depression actually is. And sometimes it comes from people who don’t believe depression exists. Either way, it is completely invalidating.
2) “I’ve felt depressed before too, but I just got over it eventually.”