Before I get into this week’s blog, I would like to briefly talk about my family. I live with my mom, dad, and very annoying yet somewhat lovable little brother Sneh! I am so thankful for having such supportive parents who always help me grow as a person and never let me miss an opportunity to better myself!
This week I will be talking about mental health and how important it is for us to check in on our friends and family daily because you never know what someone is going through. My parents have always been very open-minded and always put my and my brother’s emotional needs first, never undermining our feelings! Although, some people aren’t as lucky and for those people, we need to take a stand and make a safe & comfortable environment so that they feel safe enough to share their feelings.
The first unit we are taught in Grade 11 Biology is on Wellness. Wellness is the quality of state of being that has many factors which require a personal awareness, effort to maintain and improve one’s current state. There are many factors of wellness, one being emotional/mental wellness. While being physically fit, one has to be emotionally fit and healthy as well. If your happy and have peace of mind, you will be able to perform daily life functions whether it be as simple as getting out of bed or even attending a sports practice.
As a community, we need to normalize & start to understand the concept of Metal Health and bringing awareness to it. When someone is suffering from depression, anxiety, or any other mental illness or disorder, they feel the need to somehow distance themselves from family and friends and no matter how much you think you know a person, you can never really understand what someone is feeling. I don’t know about other people, but I know that where I come from, people frown upon these concepts and classify them as “crazy” which restricts people to want to ask for help. Seeking help through therapy or just talking to a guidance counselor, can make a difference between life and death. I have never and may never be able to share someone’s pain(sometimes you just can’t) but I sure as hell know that I will do my very best to always be there for those who need someone to talk to or even to just hold their hand and assure them that they will get through this!
When I feel alone and sad, I never know how to talk about my feelings with anyone. I just sit in my room for hours on end like so many other people might which isn’t very healthy. Thankfully I have many people in my life who are always there and make sure I don’t feel alone. Try to be that friend or family member for any one person at least because you may not know it, but it may mean the world to them! There is nothing wrong with asking for help and being open with your feelings! One thing to note is that just because someone isn’t going through the same things as you, doesn’t mean that their problems are less important.
So, when you are coming home from work, going to school, or just sitting at home, call that friend who you haven’t spoken to in a while. Call your parents, siblings, or even just smile at a Stanger across the street because it might unintentionally make their day! Let’s create a New Perspective of listening instead of always solving; sometimes we necessitate comfort over solutions:)