And now for an adorable illustration of society’s double-standards…
Compared to physical injury or illness, mental health struggles often remain on the down-low. For whatever reason, it’s not cool to brag about surviving your latest panic attack or resisting the urge to self-harm.
Why is it that freaky-looking dislocations and projectile vomiting are badges of honour, while the experience of mental illness is awkward or even unspeakable?
This kind of attitude towards mental health needs to change NOW!
So next time you go late night shopping despite being terrified of crowds, or eat chocolate for the first time in five years, please tell someone about it.
In fact, tell anyone who’ll listen.
It’s one way to get the back-slaps you deserve for your stellar efforts, while also combating stigma.