Mental Health Awareness 2021

Mental health- #BeAware

Mental health awareness 2021 is one that is different from many other years and that is simply because we as a people have become more aware of the stigma associated with it.

Unfortunately, mental illness is still a taboo topic and that needs to change.

We know that our society needs to be healed, we know that healing is a process but how? Let’s start by addressing the damaging events that most of us witnessed in the most recent years. We saw an increase in police brutality, the killing of #GeorgeFloyd, continuation of mass incarceration of people of color, the global pandemic, hate crimes on Asian Americans, the murdur of #BreonnaTaylor , the insurrection at the capitol, US border crisis, climate disruptions and many others.

We have seen enough. We are no longer sweeping things under the carpet. Mental illness is real and believe it or not, everyone is on the spectrum. I am sure that you know or have known at least one person in your lifetime who has had some form of anxiety, depression or been suicidal. I can attest.

But 2020 though! It’s almost like that was the defining year for mental health awareness. People who never gave any thought or care to the term became victims themselves. Being stuck in the home made everyone uncomfortable and crazy in some sense. I know I’m still trying to shake off 2020 and its losses. Please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences to any and everyone who lost someone during this time. I pray that you heal and find comfort in the sweet memories of your loved one (s).

Let’s keep the momentum of awareness going and use these tips to help yourself and others heal while we celebrate mental health awareness not just in the month of May and beyond.

Helpful tips:

  1. Acknowledge what you are facing is real and you’re not the only one experiencing it.
  2. Admit that you need help, for only then  the help you truly need can be received.
  3. Find help from professionals who are skilled in what they do.
  4. Allow people who have lived experiences to guide you through the process of healing.
  5. Take it one day at a time, go easy on yourself, you deserve the opportunity to become the best version of yourself.

 

Shout out to all the counselors, social workers, therapists and other mental health advocates who tirelessly give of themselves providing trauma informed care everyday to ensure that others are on the path to wellness. I hope that all aspiring social workers will continue on the journey and become a part of the radical movement to train, equip and deploy passionate and compassionate men and women into our schools, churches,  places of employment and our local communities.

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