Trigger warning: the following content contains discussions of suicide, anxiety, depression, and mental illness.
October 6th-12th, 2019, is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. Here are some important and useful tweets about mental health.
It’s okay to talk about it.
If you feel depressed, it’s okay to talk about it.
If you feel anxious, it’s okay to talk about it.
If you feel lonely, it’s okay to talk about it.
If you are struggling with any mental health problems, it’s okay to talk about it.#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
— Inspiring Life Quotes (@BlessedMonk_) October 8, 2019
Ways to protect yourself and take care of yourself when you need to.
Well y’all, seeing as it’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek I think the best advice to offer is STEP AWAY FROM THE NEWS WHEN YOU HAVE TO. Ration it if you need to. You really DON’T need to know what’s happening second by second.
And never hesitate to ask for cat photos. ???? pic.twitter.com/5hD7KI1sab
— Julie (Bitch is still my superhero name.) (@StrangeAttract5) October 8, 2019
— leah ???? (@_leahwalkerx) October 7, 2019
There’s nothing wrong with medication! Taking medication for depression or anxiety is just like when you put a cast on your leg because the bone needs to heal.
I take anti-depressants daily. It’s a drug, medication, treatment. I don’t mind telling you I take it, because I also use toothpaste to stop my teeth falling out & asprin for headaches.#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
— ook (@OOK_Librarian) October 7, 2019
Look around you. So many of your friends and family might be suffering in silence, only because of the stigma associated with mental illness.
Approximately 1 in 4 adults will experience a mental health problem each year, and mental health issues can affect anyone, at any time.
We should all do what we can to combat stigma, end discrimination, and highlight the importance of mental health. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
— TONI TONE (@t0nit0ne) October 7, 2019
Some tips on how you can help.
— Let’s Stop Here (@lets_stop_here) October 6, 2019
Public healthcare can and should include treatment for mental illness.
Good therapists are difficult to come by and even more difficult to pay for. It’s common for insurance to limit or not cover therapy and often requires a high co-pay or deductible. This is bullshit. Mental health care is not a privilege. It’s a right.#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
— Garrett Reuscher (@GarrettReuscher) October 7, 2019
If you don’t believe mental illness is real, or if you stigmatise it, you could potentially be stigmatising yours or your loved ones future self. Mental illness can affect anyone, at anytime, there may come a time when you need to reach out too.
— MentalHealthMillion (@MentalHealthMil) October 7, 2019
Some important reminders.
It’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay to ask for help. Reach out to your family&friends. A simple conversation could end up saving someone’s life ????????✨ pic.twitter.com/PxqlWTmuMk
— ‧͙⁺˚*･༓☾ olivia☽༓･*˚⁺‧͙ (@oliviaaaw123) October 7, 2019
We need more mental healthcare professionals here in India.
Psychologists per 100,000 population
≈0 – China, India, Nigeria
3 – Brazil
4 – Japan
13 – UK
17 – Australia
30 – US
47 – Canada
91 – Netherlands
— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) May 15, 2019
Be mindful of the language you use.
How to Talk About Suicide -The language you use to discuss suicide matters.
✴️Problematic- Suffering from” or “victim of #mentalillness”
— MentalHealthPlatform (@MEHEP4U) September 30, 2019
Check out this thread on books that people have read during their mental health journeys:
What are the books that you’re reading/read and also helped you in your mental health journey? Who are your favourite writers?
— Divya Kandukuri (@anticastecat) September 18, 2019
And maybe we need a different way of looking at mental illness.
Sociologists have been saying this for a while: mental illness is more than just chemicals and psychological strategies. It’s organizations, institutions, and networks. @johannhari101 at @voxdotcom on social and environmental causes of depression. https://t.co/8dhsdmzT2I
— Jeff Guhin (@jeffguhin) September 18, 2019
From the stories of Karamchedu massacre to Bahujan students in universities. From the communities at #Kashmir to people whose identity is being questioned with #NRC. I don’t know where to stop this list. We cannot discuss #mentalhealth w/o looking at it frm social justice lens
— Divya Kandukuri (@anticastecat) October 3, 2019
The invisible mental health crises of India’s migrant labourershttps://t.co/vVAaNC5QnE
— Quartz India (@qzindia) September 30, 2019
Of the marginalised communities affected by #ClimateChange in many ways including #Mentalhealth & also looking beyond mental health to economic systems & inequality – its linked to a cycle of poverty associated with #Mentalhealth – it’s very hard to break this cycle #inequality pic.twitter.com/n5dSrgDsJj
— Genderlog (@genderlogindia) October 5, 2019