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Mental Health in the Media and the World Around Me

I think maybe the very first time I was every truly talked to about mental illness was when some student in the middle school (I was in elementary school at the time) had committed suicide and they had the school counselors talk to us and create a sort of dialogue on the situation so we could comprehend and process it a lot better. Part of their goal was to also prevent this from happening again, of course, so they certainly encouraged us to be there for each other and not hesitate to talk to an adult. It’s been a long time since that talk but I think they mainly covered  what suicide was, explained that maybe the kid had troubles at home or something and that he was in this isolated dark place. There unfortunately was no talk about how mental illness could have been at play here.

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Why People Rarely Talk About Mental Health

In college, I decided to take ownership of my mental health and to really dive into mental health awareness. Not only did I see a lack of conversation regarding mental health with others, I also realized that I wasn’t really talking much about it either. Let me preface this by saying that just because you have mental health issues does not mean that you have to share your story with everyone you run into or to anyone at all, that is your personal story that you have the right to share or not. But for me, I felt the urge to share my story, even just with new friends that I had met in college. I felt that I had a fresh start to not let my mental illness define me, but to integrate it normally into my conversations and my life as just one part of me.

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