Our stories shape us, define us and inspire us! What better way than to share important personal stories from families in different communities regarding the impact of mental health. Step Up For Mental Health goals are to tell real stories that don’t show stigma, but shares strength.
If you are a person who is dealing with a mental health disorder such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety to name a few, know that living day-by-day and making small changes to a happier life can make all the difference in having a balanced life.
For family members or caregivers, reflect on keeping a balanced life and try not to be overwhelmed by the day-to-day of mental health and all the issues surrounding it. We know some days are easier than others. But if you try to surround yourself with people that understand your situation, or try to have a moment of quiet or fun, can make all the difference in not getting overwhelmed.
My childhood wasn’t a very happy one, but I continue to believe all experiences teach you something to help others have a more balanced life, and not feel alone in challenges that might be overwhelming at the moment.
Many families like mine are afraid to talk about mental health. Hands down, I think this is a killer of communication in the home. Either family doesn’t believe someone has a mental illness, or that they don’t understand the signs, the struggles of someone in pain. Also, families with a sibling a parent or child with a mental health disorder try to keep it hidden from friends, co-workers or community. We want to challenge others from speaking up and out about stepping out of the shadows of fear in talking about mental health. That’s why we are starting our campaign called #MyMHStory, in everyday life.
If someone has a disorder, which is no different than diabetes or heart disease, families are not stigmatized in not telling friends or extended family that they are dealing with a health issue. We need to connect mental health with physical health. (#MindBody) There is no shame in saying, I need support. I need understanding. I need a hug. I’m a caregiver, or I’m a person with a mental health issue. #MyMHStory will be the start of making sure families have support in doing just that.
If you want to share your story in “stepping up” reach out to us and let us know. We have been there and want to assist in supporting your family. Connect to our social networks and submit your story and use #MyMHStory and #StepUpForMentalHealth on how you are dealing with mental health in your family on social media.
To be apart of the movement giving hope or sharing your personal triumphs, reach out to us to learn to submit your story.