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We can all relate to feelings of stress and anxiety, perhaps even depression, maybe it’s not something that you suffer from yourself, but I’m fairly certain that you will know someone who does. Mental illness is something rarely discussed, even though it is particularly prevalent in young adults, like you and me.

As I have written before, it is estimated that 1 in 4 of us suffer from a mental illness, but I’m not sure how precise that finding is. Just think of the stigma that still exists today, which only encourages many sufferers to stay silent, and to continue to hide their problems from the outside world. How many go unaccounted for? How many people suffer in silence?

The thing with stigma is that it doesn’t have to be real in order to be felt. This might sound contradictory and counter-intuitive, but I promise you that it’s not. If stigma is perceived, whether present or not, the sufferer will continue to feel it.

Only by judging conversation of mental health as the norm will we eliminate the stigma and ignorance that surrounds it.

It’s okay to talk about your problems. No good comes from burying how you feel.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on Getting Through Anxiety and commented:
    A great post by Matt about ending the stigma placed on mental health!

  2. Jess T. says:

    At my University, anxiety disorders are so common that it is difficult to get a therapy appointment! Although it’s sad that so many people have anxieties about school, I’m happy that the university cares enough to provide free therapy and other events to help us get through tough times like midterms and finals.

    1. M_McKeen says:

      That’s a really good point! I’m pleased so many people have the strength to reach out and ask for help too!

  3. Gemma says:

    Good post Matt. I sent you an email recently x

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