People Still Struggle to Open up About Mental Health Issues, Here’s Why
The times have changed. More people are aware and sensitive toward matters that used to be side-swept. While the battle for awareness has come a long way, talks about mental health are still far from over. More people are opening up about what they’re dealing with and even celebrities step up, which greatly helped normalize the subject. Even in the workplace, employers try their best to encourage their workers to prioritize their well-being.
Far from Finished
Aside from the efforts to let everyone know that this is all too real, you can’t deny its reality when, unfortunately, it’s now very common these days. Despite these factors, there remains one problem: many people still find it uneasy and uncomfortable to talk about their mental health, which is not good according to experts.
Why Some People Remain Elusive
As mentioned, the fight is still not through. This means that even though society has been more accepting of the matter, we can’t erase the fact that the stigma is still there, which may make those who have mental health problems hesitant to share, Behavioral Health and Wellness Center founder Sari Chait explained. Moreover, these people are afraid they may be looked down upon or stereotyped once they open up.
Other times, the pressure to fill gender and familial roles, as well as to keep with the imposed standards by society, forces sufferers to stay silent about what they’re feeling.
PVD Psychological Associates founder Nicole Issa elucidated that those who identify as masculine tend to suppress what they’re going through because they want to appear strong. Sometimes, your role as a parent, for example, can influence how you appear in front of those who look up to you – you might be uncertain about how your kids might feel if you show your vulnerability.
Then, there are times when you’re scared other people will punish you. In the office, some prefer to keep their battles to themselves in fear they will be penalized. Ironically, studies have found that mental health problems tend to hamper an employee’s performance. Dr. Sari pointed out that the issues themselves become the reason not to open up.
Why It Pays to Open up
Opening up about your mental health struggles has tons of benefits, one of which is that it can make you feel better.
Nicole said that most people dealing with issues just keep to themselves what they’re going through, which is a burden, so simply getting support from people around them can lighten the weight on their shoulders.
A lot of studies found that peer support has a huge impact on how a person copes up. If you don’t feel talking to your pals, you can always seek professional assistance.
Also, talking about your mental health battle will not just do you good but others suffering as well. There are a lot of people hiding in the dark who are afraid to come out with their stories in fear they might be judged, but if they see others stepping up, it may help them have the courage to open up too.
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