Trivialising Mental Health Issues Is Never Ok

With this week being UK Mental Health Awareness Week, please be a part in spreading the message that trivialising the ever so big of an issue that is mental health issues and suicide, is not ever ok!

Mental health issues and suicide, these are problems we all deal with/come across whether in one way or another, whether directly or indirectly. In this day and age we should be more mindful than ever that it is a real problem, and we shouldn't treat people as snowflakes because they got hurt by what you didn't think was a big deal.

You may call me a snowflake, but a snowflake is a powerful force that shouldn't be reckoned with lightly. A snowflake can start a blizzard, close our highways and bring cities to a standstill.

This is a free society. We are free to speak our mind. Whilst there will always be someone offended by what you have to say, it's not so much the offense that is caused that is the issue. What is the impact? What impact could a poor choice of words that you publish in an article cause to someone who isn't in a good state of mind, who deals with these issues directly that is mental health and suicide?

You may not think your words may have the impact they could have. They're just words after all you may think. And you are right. Words are just words. You may mean something entirely different by the poor use of your words. But it is just too easy for someone in a very bad state of mind to just see those words at face value and not think of what you may of really meant by them.

No one can entirely control the impacts we create by what we say and do. If someone is going through a bad time, it's for them and whoever is able to get themselves the help they need. But we can be mindful. Be open, and be wary of what impact we could cause by our words and actions.

If we have compassion, show respect and caution, we can very easily be reasons lives were saved instead of taken.

Don't be called down from speaking your mind and don't allow yourself to be censored for the sake of what you say is offending someone. But do be the change you want to see. Stand for what is right. Make sure you are not dismissing the importance of major issues in this life, and be a force for good.

Dear The Spectator. Trivalising these issues is not alright. You may not wish to give across the message that you dismiss these issues, but writing statements like "a man so rich you could commit suicide by jumping off his wallet" in your articles is not a message compatible with what you surely should stand for when you have been around for nearly 200 years and also run a health blog!

Please, for Mental Health Awareness, do not be the ones trivialising these massive issues that are mental health and suicide. Stand up and spread the message that this is never ok. Be a part of a compassionate society, not a cold society.

(Original image obtained from Pixabay)

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Date Published: 13th May 2019
Posted in: Addiction, Awareness, Depression, Self-Harm, Suicide,
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