The taboo of talking about mental health. Although the encouragement to open up has increased over the last couple of years with the help of further resources, social media and celebrities coming forward with their own personal struggles – it still feels like a taboo subject. It sits on the forbidden shelf of topics including tampons, wet dreams, money and visiting the doctors with an embarrassing ailment.
But why are these subjects such a taboo?
Nearly everyone has experienced at least one of these situations in their lives and as mental health issues continue to affect more people in many different ways- no matter what age, gender or race we are; we need to lift the barrier of taboo and embrace the liberating style of openness.
Yes, it’s hard, my God it’s hard! I remember the time I was ready to unlock my ‘padlocked prison’ of a mind to release what was truly upsetting me thinking I’d rather do all the terrible jobs round the flat then sit down and talk! Whether it’s the British way; kitchen table and a cup of tea or going for a walk (which is scientifically proven to help boost the mind positively) or simply writing it down to get the frustrating and woeful words on paper – I encourage you to give it a whirl.
For me- I did all three. A journal was constantly on the go and it’s something I still do now. Nothing to lose, all to gain remember! I always go for a walk alone; no music, no phone, no distractions. I describe it as my ‘mini escape’. You can never go wrong with a decent cuppa and it always tastes that little bit sweeter if you have company. A partner, parent, sibling, friend or the eccentric neighbour next door- always worth a try.
However, if you feel you cannot connect to a certain person about how you feel then don’t worry- it may come eventually and if it doesn’t then it’s not meant to be. But when you find someone you feel comfortable and safe to talk with- you’ll be surprised how it feels to relieve and unload a little pressure. My confidant was my manager at the time and now has become a good friend. And I thank her immensely for to simply- listen.