It’s Mental Health Awareness week, y’know, that week where a lot of people around the world talk about all the shit that goes on inside their heads and all that crap. And you’ve got the themes, of course, this year being stress and next year it’ll be something else and so on and so on.
But we’ve got to stop treating the way we approach mental health like it’s cancer or heart disease. Why? Because mental illness can’t be ‘cured’, one-stop shop fixed, treated with pills and meds and therapies. Sure, you can recover and live a life as close to ‘normal’ (what even is fucking normal anymore, honestly) as possible, but it’ll always be there. And it isn’t a case of trying to make it ‘go away’ and ignoring it obviously doesn’t work either, so what should we do about the ever-growing mental health pandemic that we keep hearing about on the news?
Stop fucking shaming people for thinking thoughts that aren’t conventional, stop dictating how to live, stop telling young children that crying is bad for you, stop reinforcing negative stereotypes across the board, from gender to sexuality, culture to race, rich to poor. Everyone needs to clump together to make a real change and similarly to the method in which we need to employ to save mother nature, it’ll take every single person on this planet to alter their stupid, backwards, ancient views about mental health.
I know I’m different, and there’s nothing you can do to make me change that, it’s who I am. I’m gonna have ups, downs, periods of serenity immediately followed by canyon-deep depression and back again. One minute I could be higher than Everest, the next lower than Theresa May’s popularity polls.
I know one thing is for sure, I’m never gonna stop being me, and d’ya know what? I’m fucking awesome, and so are you. Embrace your weirdness, fuck the haters, shout louder than your negative thoughts, love when you can, cry when you need to, eat what makes you happy, drink if you want to. Be a beacon of individuality in a world that desperately needs it, and tell this to the people you meet. Smile at strangers, talk to people instead of texting people, call people instead of emailing them, enjoy the sunset instead of taking a picture so people can see you’re watching it. You know you’re there, what else matters?
Be the change, the light; be the hope you want to see in the world.