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Why Open Conversations on Mental Health Matter

Mental health has become increasingly important. It was always a critical matter, but now in our society, the stigma of seeking therapy is getting less and less. Still, many people are afraid to seek help for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or any other mental health conditions. They may hide in the shadows, and that’s why it’s crucial to have open dialogues about mental health. If you’d like to learn more about inclusive mental health, check out some of the articles available on this site. Here are some ways that we can better our mental health by talking about it openly:

Disclosing Your Mental Health Conditions

Some people are in touch with their mental health or mental health concerns. Those who are living with anxiety may understand themselves and go to therapy. If you have panic attacks and you feel comfortable disclosing it to a close friend or family member, that may help them more than you know. You never know what will happen when you talk about your feelings or the things you’ve been through in life. Let’s say that you have depression, and you disclose it to a coworker or colleague, not knowing what they will say. That person might also struggle with depression or a depressed mood. They could feel comfortable talking to you and, because of your open dialogue, might seek treatment for themselves or someone they know and love. You can judge based on talking to someone, whether you feel comfortable and safe saying what you’ve been through or not.

Open Conversations Mean More People Get Help

The more that we are candid about our mental health experiences, the less the stigma exists. That’s why it’s crucial to talk about these things, and it can encourage others to get help or expand their understanding of the range of human experiences. You may be fearful of seeking therapy, but if somebody shows you that it can be beneficial to your mental health and for your relationships, it might empower you to find the treatment that you need.

Education

Another reason to have open dialogues about mental illness or mental health issues is that there is so much misinformation out there. But, when we talk about these things openly, we can compare data and decide what is real and true. There is much to be said not only for scientific research but for personal accounts. Somebody living with bipolar disorder, for example, is more likely to understand it than somebody who has read about it in a textbook. Even the best psychologists or therapists can’t describe what it’s like to live with bipolar if they’ve never been through it. That’s why having open conversations is crucial because you educate yourself on what others have been through, which, in turn, builds empathy. You can also read mental health articles and talk about them with your friends and family. But, education is critical so that we can understand what people go through and how we can support them.

Eliminating Stigma and Seeking Therapy

One place that you can talk about mental health that is safe is with a therapist. Don’t be ashamed if you have or think you may have a mental health issue. It’s crucial to get the help that you need, and you can also find a way to be a mental health advocate if that interests you. Mental wellness is just as important as physical wellbeing, and in fact, we are discovering more and more that the mind-body connection is extremely strong. If you know someone who is suffering from mental illness, encourage them to get help, sit down with them, and talk about mental wellness and mental health concerns. You never know how you will influence or empower somebody to get the help that they need to live their best life.

This post was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.

Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes a learning specialist, designs and delivers learning initiatives (both in-class and online) for a global and internal audience. He is responsible for the ongoing development, delivery, and maintenance of training. He has the ability to manage competing priorities to execute time-sensitive deliverables within a changing environment. He contributes to continually improving the team's processes and standards and works as a member of the team to assist with team initiatives.

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