October 10

Motivation Mondays: World Mental Health Day

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“We know that mental illness is not something that happens to other people. It touches us all. Why then is mental illness met with so much misunderstanding and fear?” Tipper Gore

Motivation Mondays: World Mental Health Day - Impacts Us All
Motivation Mondays: World Mental Health Day – Impacts Us All

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day, observed on 10 October, covers “psychological first aid” (PFA). Efforts in support of the day will focus on basic pragmatic psychological support by people who find themselves in a helping role whether they be health staff, teachers, firemen, community workers, or police officers. World Health Organization
Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It’s the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with. Adam Ant
Self-esteem is as important to our well-being as legs are to a table. It is essential for physical and mental health and for happiness. Louise Hart

Did you know that today is World Mental Health Day and Columbus Day? While the jury might still be out on whether Columbus discovered the Americas, what is certain is that Mental Health issues affect us all; even though, it remains a subject that some would like to sweep under the table or wish away by shaming those who live with it. According to the CDC, mental illness can be described as “collectively all diagnosable mental disorders” or “health conditions that are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood, or behavior (or some combination thereof) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning.”2 Depression is the most common type of mental illness, affecting more than 26% of the U.S. adult population.3...” On any given day, we, our friends, and any of our loved ones are at risk of facing an emotional, psychological or social stressor that could impact our mental health, our overall feeling of well-being,  and push us to the brink. How those around us handle the episode can make a difference between life and death.

Are you prepared to offer compassionate support? As we all strive to maintain some form of equanimity or balance in our lives, and the lives of our friends and family, we need to be attentive to shifts in mood and behavior. If we make a concerted effort to check in regularly with our loved ones, it will be easier to recognize when a family member or friend has crossed that delicate balance and is in need therapeutic and psychological support. If you’ve ever lived with someone with mental illness, you’d know that a lot of thoughtful care and consideration must be exercised to get them the help and critical attention they need. When they are going through a down period, we must step in and advocate for them and there is nothing shameful about it.  The real shame is in the stigma that uninformed people attach to it.

“Mental health is often missing from public health debates even though it’s critical to well-being.”  Diane Abbott

Motivation Mondays: World Mental Health Day - Impacts Us All
Motivation Mondays: World Mental Health Day – Impacts Us All

What is PFA? – Pragmatic Tools
Humane, supportive & practical assistance to fellow human beings who recently suffered a serious stressor:
•Non-intrusive, practical care and support
•Assessing needs and concerns
•Helping people to address basic needs (food, water)
•Listening, but not pressuring people to talk
•Comforting people and helping them to feel calm
•Helping people connect to information, services and social supports
•Protecting people from further harm via WHO/PFA
Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all. Bill Clinton

How would you handle a mental health crisis for a loved one? Whether we are directly or indirectly affected by mental illness, it is imperative that we spend time reflecting on how we can help in an honest and meaningful way. One thing that is clear is  while approaches to handling mental health situations vary, addressing the complex issues around it with sensitivity is key because each of us come to the subject from different backgrounds and experiences.  It’s a delicate topic that affects millions of households and we can’t address it by offering a cute picture or a bold statement as a panacea for a condition that impacts so many, many lives. Over the years, I have lost people close to me to this crisis, and when I think about their pain and suffering, and the lingering sense of loss felt by those left behind, I know that we must do more.  All I ask is that we take a moment each day to remember that the face of mental illness is all of our faces,  It is you, you, and me because we know people close to us or others in our community who struggle with this disease.  By the same token, we are affected through our interactions  by the fallout and the daily challenges that those who struggle with mental illness face.

What about Psychological First Aid?  The World Health Organization has recommended that in addition to recognizing the theme for 2016 which is: Psychological First Aid “psychological first aid” (PFA). Each of us can offer support by employing the pragmatic tools listed above and in the pdf as a way to assist those in a mental health crisis. As fellow citizens, we can play a pivotal role by offering a calm hand and immediate comfort to someone in a mental health crisis while reaching out to professionals who are qualified to assist them. There are no easy solutions on how we can/must deal with mental health issues, however, shaming, blaming or escalating the situation for the individual is the wrong path to take. Even if you don’t agree with the many therapeutic options available to people with mental health issues, it is not for us to decide for them. Our role should be supportive, to look out for the well-being of the individual, and to focus on serving in a helping capacity until professional/medical assistance arrives.


The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for August  and September 2016 are:

09/05 –   Labor Day,  International Day of Charity,  8 International Literacy Day,
09/12 –  15 Day of Democracy Day,  17 Constitution Day
09/19 –  21 International Day of Peace/ World Peace Day, World Rhino Day
09/26 – National Preparedness Month, National Childhood Cancer Awareness, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, National School Success Month, National Childhood Obesity Awareness

10/03 –  2-4 Rosh Hashana,  6 German-American Day,
10/10 –  10  Columbus Day, World Mental Health Day, 11 International Day of the Girl,  12 Yom Kippur
10/17 –   16 World Food Day / FAO World Food Day
10/24 –  24 United Nations Day,  28 National Chocolate Day, 29 National Cat Day, 30 Diwali
10/31 —  31 Halloween


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“The problem with the stigma around mental health is really about the stories that we tell ourselves as a society. What is normal? That’s just a story that we tell ourselves.”  Matthew Quick

Motivation Mondays: World Mental Health Day - Impacts Us All
Motivation Mondays: World Mental Health Day – Impacts Us All

A desire to be in charge of our own lives, a need for control, is born in each of us. It is essential to our mental health, and our success, that we take control. Robert Foster Bennett
We need so much more openness, transparency and understanding that it’s OK to talk about depression as an illness. It’s not a weakness. It’s not a shortcoming. It’s not something people brought on themselves. John F. Greden MD
Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list. Michelle Obama


What more can we do on World Mental Health DayWe can start by educating ourselves on the subject of mental health and mental illness, and learn more about the clinical definitions and diagnosis of the illness. We can help by resisting the temptation to paint a broad and sweeping picture of what it means and how it ought to be handled. Each case needs professional evaluation and specific treatment geared to the individual. Our role is to support and lift the lid of shame, to work at ensuring we provide a positive environment that nourishes the overall well-being of our family/friends, and to lift the stigma of mental illness that makes this a very painful issue. Mental illness can have a lasting impact on all of us/our loved ones so, making the effort to find adequate care is very important.  What are your thoughts?

Have a healthy week ahead!


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Until Next Time…
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Elizabeth Obih-Frank
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  • It’s such a great thing to have people support one another through a tough time – this post is wonderful. Thank you

  • Beautiful article. FYI… not just Columbus Day any more. Here in most cities Washington state it is now Indigenous People’s Day and throughout the country more cities are transitioning to Indigenous Peoples Day. However, as a nurse I see how mental health patients literally get thrown away. It’s sad… so I truly appreciated this article. 😊 thank you!

    • Thank you for your reply and for your insider view on the subject of mental health… we all can do better to help spread the word. <3 As for Indigenous People's Day, it makes perfect sense as the right title for the celebration.

  • It’s so important to talk about mental health! I know being open can help a lot of people.

  • Thank you for writing about an issue as important as mental health. We all need to work to break the stigma!!

    • Thank you for taking a moment to consider the topic on this important day. Sadly, some people prefer to remain clueless about a subject that affects all of us in someway. Changing the topic or ignoring it doesn’t change the facts; when people respond that way, they are just perpetuating the stigma about a critical and life long disease. Thank you for your thoughtful response. We need to break the stigma! 🙁

    • Thanks for sharing awareness, 26% is so big.. Supportive,loving and happy friends could definitely lessen the risk of depression, I hope those who have such problems could open up more.

  • I didn’t know about Psychological First Aid but that is a really good concept. The more people who are able to respond to mental health crises appropriately, the better.

  • Mental Health has such a stigma surrounding it and I am glad it is slowly going away!! Great post!!

  • I grew up with several family members who had mental illness. So I would seek help for a friend going through this

  • I truly hope that someday people realize that mental illness is not a weakness or a joke. It is a daily struggle for those that battle it. Having a post like this and a day to recognize mental illness is a great way to spread the understanding.

    • I’m with you Cindy. It never ceases to amaze me when people are so cavalier in their response to such a critical issue… Whether we are aware of it or not, mental health issues impact all of our lives in some fashion.

  • There are so many different forms of mental illness. One day we will live in a society where help is readily available to all that need it.

  • I was not aware that there even was a Mental Health day–I am very glad to hear there is. Too many people have problems and really are shunned because of it–when instead they should be gently directed to get the help they desperately need to live a full and happy life.

    • Indeed. The more all of us learn to be supportive and proactive in encouraging folks around us to seek professional care, the sooner we will experience a reduction in cases that end tragically.

  • I have suffered from a brief separation anxiety following my parent’s break up when I was 7 years old. Looking back, I feel lucky to have snapped out of it. The experience was more frightening after I knew what exactly happened to me. Also after worked as a student nurse in the Mental facility here, that I realize most people don’t get back to normal like I did.

    Back then I only experience being spaced out 100% of the time I was in school, I would see people around me, my teachers and classmates but I cant seem to hear them. I was snapped out of it after I was transferred to another school a year after. The new school was noisy being coed and all, so the effect on me was scary, because I went home still hearing the voices of the kids in school, when I shut my eyes and cover my ears with my pillow, I’d see the faces of my classmates. I tried to tell my family but when my grandma smirked and told me I’m just imagining things,

    I knew I had to be strong and battle it on my own. So I did by gradually forcing myself to interact, and thank God, it wasn’t long before I finally became normal again. Mental illness whether temporary or clinical should be a big concern to all. We all are susceptible and it’s only a matter of intensity that a single ugly experience could cause us to be mentally unwell for a while or for good. Fortunately for me it only lasted a few months.

    • Indeed. It is experienced in so many different ways that we can never use one person’s experience as a treatment for another person. I’m grateful for you that you found a path out of the depression…

  • Definitely thank you for sharing this, I had no idea it was World Mental Health Day. It is definitely a topic that some people dismiss or don’t like talking about it. Thanks for posting it. I’ll be sure to spread the word as well.

    • Thank you dear one. It is a subject dear to my heart; especially as I’ve seen the impact it has had on families and how talking about it remains a stigma in some quarters. Glad to hear from you… it’s been a while. <3

  • I have been on such a learning curve with mental health issues this last year as my father deteriorates from Alzheimer’s. Somehow Alzhiemer’s makes it easier to understand the organic nature of mental illness, it is easier to see that the emotional fallout has a brain issue at it’s root. I hadn’t fully grasped that before.

  • I’ve never knew that there is a World Mental Health Day, well this is goo to raising awareness. A lot of people suffer from different kind of Mental Depression and it takes years to cure. I’m glad to hear this Elizabeth, I would love to share the words too <3

  • I’m glad to know that it was World Mental Health Day. I have a friend whose suffering from mental illness, I’m thankful that she was able to cooperate with her psychiatrist and her family still in her side to support her.

  • So there’s a Mental Health day? Thanks for sharing this, I wasn’t aware of it. This is probably one of the health problems our society is facing.

  • I really like how you come up with a view of a compassionate help for those people or for people that we personally know to help them and don’t avoid them. Eventually, we all know mental illness won’t knock if it comes our way and its always more beneficial for us people to have awareness about it.

  • Mental health is a topic that does not get discussed often enough. The lid has been lifted a little in recent years but even then, it is barely enough. As a society we could do so much more to help …

  • I did, it is so important that we raise awareness because many of the people we love have mental health issues and are afraid to share it for fear of judgement.

  • Mental health is so important, and so many either don’t want to deal with this topic or call it a defect. It needs much more light shed onto it and understanding.

  • WOW! I was reading post after post about mental health and the election; they seem to go hand-in-hand this year LOL There has been so much discussion about women and their mental health and safety. Thanks so much for keeping the discussion going.

  • Mental Depression is a serious problem, I have a friend whose suffering from mental illness and it took years before she totally better.

  • Mental health is a growing problem, I am glad there is a day to bring attention to it. My prayer is that mental health gets included in health care reform and will cover and prescribe all treatments, not just depending on a pill but body mind and spirit as well.

  • Mental health is so important. We are subjected to various stress everyday Sometimes these come from our very own home. We need to be able to deal with stress in such a way that we won’t go out of our minds. It is not easy to do this all the time. We need our sounding boards to deal with the stress.

  • I’ve struggled with agoraphobia my whole adult life. No amount of medication or therapy has helped. The patient help and understanding of my family is a great balm, though. Mental illness runs in my family and I do believe in genetic components. My aunt has schizophrenia. My oldest son has autism. My youngest has ADHD and both of them suffer with depression. I’ve seen the very real impact this has on lives. Thank you for raising awareness.

  • Many people need to realize and know more about mental illness and especially try to understand it in some ways. People do not realize how difficult it can be to deal with and we need more understanding from our society.

  • It really is important to be a solid supporter of our loved ones and friends who have mental health issues. I am glad to hear there is a day to help bring awareness and help dissolve the stigma.

  • Mental Heath seems to be an issue that most people don’t take seriously. It’s really sad ):

  • I wasn’t aware that it was mental health day, It’s still considered such a taboo subject and I really don’t know why considering so many people are affected in one way or another by metal health. Thank you for bringing awareness to this

  • It’s always good to have a great support system. I have family members who suffer from mental illness, and the best thing I can do is be there for them, and I’ve recommended professional help.

  • I had no idea that today is the day of the girl. I really enjoyed this post and all of the great information. thanks!

  • This is so important. I have anxiety and depression and I wish people talked about it more. People are a little afraid of the topic. Great post!

  • We really need to educate ourselves more on Mental Health issues and how best to support and serve our friends and family who need support that way. Plus Mental health can hit anyone with no warning! So this is a really apt post on Mental Health awareness day! Thanks for sharing Elizabeth!

  • What breaks my heart about mental illness is the number of support that these people are not getting. They don’t take mental illness seriously because it’s not physically visible like other diseases and we end up losing a life because of that. They need all the help and support and love that we can give.

  • Mental Health Illness affects so many, my sister was raised all messed up. The issues I went through with her sucked (only word I can think of) as a young adult she tried to commit suicide and then when in the mental hospital they dx her bipolar. Now she still struggles but I am glad that they figured it out so maybe someday she can be a bit more level headed and get help she needs. Mental Health Illness runs deep in my family and it’s sad that so many look at it in a negative light and there isn’t a ton of help for people who suffer from it.

  • My son and I have anxiety. It is not easy living with the disorder. He takes medication, but I stopped taking it because I was pregnant and then started nursing my baby. Some days are challenging. I do the best I can to stay focused and not let it get the best of me. My husband is also very supportive. I think that the more the general public are educated on mental health issues, the more supportive they will become. I tell my kids all the time to be more aware of other people’s feelings and if they have a mental illness. Really great post!

  • It is so interesting to me how different people and societies see mental health! I used to have panic attacks and anxiety and everyone in the european country I was living thought it was crazy and very weird…. and very uncomfortable. While in argentina, everyone I would tell about it would say they also had that during a certain period of their lives!

  • A lot of people don’t take mental health very seriously. It has only really been at the forefront of the medical profession for a couple of decades. Thank you for reminding us all how important mental health is.

  • Mental health is always something that is left behind and is not talked about. I am glad that now there is an awareness month and efforts to unveil the difficulties of having a mental illness.

  • Thank you for sharing this! I never knew it was World Mental Health Day! Our mental health is so important!

  • It’s a shame that there are still people who do not think of mental illnesses as a serious matter. 🙁 We need to make the world aware that such illnesses exist, even if it is not World Mental Health Day.

  • The resistance of some to see a mental health professional is proof enough that mental health is not taken seriously. I buried my best friend, mentor and cousin to depression 3 years ago. Every time I state her cause of death to someone who wants to know – I always get a feeling that if eye-rolling made noise it would be deafening. They just don’t believe it.

  • As someone who doesn’t struggle with mental health issues, it can be difficult to know how to best care for loved ones who do. This is good, practical advice. Thank you for sharing it with us!


  • as someone who deals with depression I agree that people should be more aware of mental health and not dismiss or disregard its importance because its something that can effects everyone not just a certain demographic

  • Mental Health Problems should come with proper support and understanding. It would really help that we are aware on proper care for them.

  • I like these motivations. Nice post, mental health day is new for me but very useful!

  • Thanks for writing about such an important issue… great post! Mental health is something people always dismiss taking care of!

  • Thank you so much for raising awareness on such an important issue. People are so quick to judge and do not realise that there are many illnesses which are not visible!

  • It’s a very well written article. Thanks for sharing some important points about mental health. appreciated!

  • I think people see a person with mental health issues and it reminds them of how fragile we all are. We are all susceptible.

  • Mental health is a complicated topic but I need to thank you for sharing this amazing post, the motivational series are awesome.

  • My friend has a family member with severe mental illness. I can see the stress on her. I wish more help is given not only to those with the illness, but also to those who have to deal with the family members.

  • This is such a great article. I did not even know there was a such thing as Mental Health Day but I think its great. So many people are affected because of mental health issues and as a society we need to be better at shedding the light on the issue.

  • I actually started that day having no clue that it was both holidays. You have a lot of great info here!

  • It’s my first time to read a about World Mental Health. But I do know we need to be mentally healthy, and helping others too. Great to know about Mental First Aid.

  • Many a times we end up considering only cases like down syndrome as mental health issues. Everyone has issues though it’s not as complicated. Depression bein the moat common I guess.

  • Such a great article! Don’t think we do enough today to break away from the stigma’s. I had no idea there was a world Mental health day but I think it’s great because this is an issue that affects so many people and we do not talk about it enough.

  • I really like how this is helping to diminish the stigma of mental health. It’s important!

  • Beautiful article!! We usually ignore mental health which is crucial than the physical health. I too had no idea about the World Mental Health day. Thanks

  • I learnt abot world mental health day only this year ans I am glad you have extensively handled the topic. I was sure I left a comment on this subject and Sharing too!

  • Thank you for such a wonderful, well-written post about such an important topic. Yes we all struggle in our own ways with mental health and it is great to see people openly accepting this and seeking help when need be

  • I had a friend who has a mental issue and it seems a lot of people taken it for granted, how insensitive they are! This is a very helpful post so I will share this to our friends.

  • I haven’t heard of this day, good to know about this. My friend’s kid has a mental issue and I’d like to help her, I accompanied her to a specialist most of the time. Now, I understand it more.

  • Mental illness isn’t something that is easy to cope with, regardless if it’s you who is dealing with it. I’ve worked with those who are a bit troubled and it’s not a walk in the park. Sometimes just being there to hear them out works wonders.

  • It’s so important to make mental health a priority. Thankfully it’s accepted to seek help when you need it.

  • This is a nice read. I never thought that there is a special day like this, good to know about this. A very interesting subject that we tend to forget.

  • This is a very sensitive topic but your post is so nice to read. I hope that everyone will be aware of this issue.

  • I never know we have a special day for World Mental Health Awareness. Depression is something which many of us go through in this crazy lifestyle we live in and it is so important to help each other to get through such hard phase!

  • Education is always the key to everything, learning how we can cope and understand things around us and family members who suffers from such ailment can help always a big help.

  • Recently, one of the famous Bollywood actresses talked openly about her depression issue. Like you mentioned this topic often meets with denial and rejection by the society and even family. We talk a lot about physical health. I guess more discussion necessary on mental health also.

  • Last year, I suffered from PPD and I also have PTSD, so I know the effects of mental illness all too well. Thank you for bringing awareness to such an important and often ignored topic.

  • I just love your post! Thank you for talking about mental health and really bring in a much needed spotlight.

  • Quite a touching post, since being a carer for my father who was been suffering for as long a can remember. I am glad that they have now brought in a day of awareness, it is definitely still frowned upon and even laughed about, which is so not helpful.
    Education is key like you said, it really is….

  • So much more knowledge on mental health than there used to be, but still a long way to go! Great post well done.

  • Yes I was very aware of Mental health Day on the 10th October. My mother has severe vascular dementia and is on her final stages of this horrific disease. I realised that all our mental health is so fragile and anyone can be affected by it as I have been myself with depression as a result of seeing my mother waste away . Thank you for high lighting this issue.

  • This is very important message. I also think it need to be share to others in order to some kind of awareness.

  • Mental health is such taboo in Asia. I am happy it gradually changing. Some great words, nice read. Thanks for sharing

  • Mental health day is a great thing as it’s important to get people to know more about it. It’s hard for the person who’s suffering from it but also for family members.

  • I had no idea that it was mental health day! I love when people open conversations about how to better the world for everyone!

  • my only pain is that mental health isnt given the much needed attention it deserves all round the world. and this in return is affecting and eating deep down the society.

  • This is a very important issue and I am very thankful you are shedding some light into it. I used to suffer from depression an self-harm. One thing that helped me recover from it is accepting the fact that it is NOT me and NOT part of me.

  • Mental health is always important. Self-care is something that a lot of people don’t do but it’s necessary and expressing compassion and understanding can go a long way.

  • I’m glad to see that mental health is becoming more widely talked about. It’s really difficult for some people to understand when they haven’t had to deal with it – but it affects so many people and help and compassion should be readily available.

  • Mental Health should always be part of our priority as it will affect not only one but to everyone around. I had an almost serious depression after giving birth to my son. It’s very difficult dealing the situation because I can’t tell anything to anyone. Not even to my family. I often couldn’t put myself to sleep. Lots of things getting inside my mind and felt so uncontrollably dangerous. The only thing I did was to never lose hope. Everything will get better in time. Thanks for sharing.

  • I didn’t know it was World Mental Health Day recently and this is definitely an issue that’s very important to me! Posts like this are exactly what we need to keep raising awareness around mental health issues.

  • It is a pity that mental health is still not recognized as any other physical illness. There is still a lot of social stigma attached to it across the world which comes in the way of the right treatment for the patient at the right time.

  • In some ways it is as hard to go through it as it is to be with a loved one who is going through it. It has impacted on my life, but I don’t feel this is the place to elaborate more on that for now. Thanks for sharing these resources. 🙂

  • I believe that mental illness is hard for people to understand and therefore, it is written off. It’s so real and life-altering. I wish people had more empathy.

  • I think I am fighting a mental health crisis myself because of my marriage and how unhealthy things are. I will not be sure what end I will come out.

  • It is posts like these that really help the movement of destigmatizing mental health. Thanks so much for sharing these resources and inspiration.

  • I had no idea that mental health day was the same day as Columbus Day, which my son thinks we shouldn’t celebrate since he believes Columbus did not really discover America. Anyway, we have dealt with mental illness and I’m glad that people are talking about it a bit more. Sometimes everyone goes through rough patches and shouldn’t feel ashamed to reach out for help.

  • Once again I faced a situation where people didn’t understand that a person who acted a bit strangely is because she’s not mentally fine but suffering from mental disorders. It’s vital to talk about these problems more and make it clear that it’s a health issue and can be fixed with right medication and professional help.

  • What is normal? That’s just a story that we tell ourselves.I know this to be true. My family has had a history of mental illness and one thing that we have always stressed is that we are not define by our illness. It can be so hard at times though as the world does not always accept us.

  • I’ve recently just caught a film, The accountant, which talks about autism and mental health. The amount of patience and love needed to care for these people is admirable. Hope more people will be more aware and stop discriminating.

  • I was just talking to my daughter about the mental illness that runs in our family. So many who have mental illness are biased against.

  • I used to work in Social Services and mental health is not a joke. I am glad they take a day to make it more aware to general public.

  • Along the lines up there for “compassionate support”, I’ve seen family members fail that part many times. This reminds me of a certain someone who isn’t blood-related that came to our aid and was an infinite source of emotional support. Mental illness is serious and should not be treated casually with our usual “tips and advice”, you need to understand what’s behind the curtain.

  • Mental health is something not to joke around. Depression is a thing that everyone must take seriously. Thanks for sharing!


  • The world needs many more posts like this – we’ve made so much progress in recent years, but there’s still so much stigma attached to any struggle with mental illness/wellness, and it’s sad. We need to be kind enough to work more at supporting each other in the hard times, just as we need to be secure enough to work at encouraging people in the good.

  • I know this is an older post, but it caught my attention, because I’ve just been blogging about it myself NOW, in November 2017! Our mental health should be a high priority for us and we deserve to take care of ourselves first of all, FOR ourselves, and then for the sake of our loved ones.

  • THis is really a very important topic. Thank you for writing about an issue as important as mental health. Yes let’s break the stigma

  • I really appreciate that there are so many talks around mental health of late- at least, that helps to make people more open-minded and willing to handle the issue. But as always, we have to keep on learning more on mental health and also, be mindful of our words and actions.

  • Great post! I think many of us take good mental health for granted but it’s so important!

  • I had no idea it was mental health day . I love the idea of motivation Monday’s and I think it’s important to educate people on mental health because it effects a lot of people .

    Great detailed post

  • Very good topic in fact very genuine for todays world. Instead of considering mental health as a sickness proper attention should be given to help the person overcome it. There can be multiple reasons which should be understood and remedies provided to help them survive happily.

  • This is a great post. So many people are oblivious of mental health situation in this country especially. If each and everyone of us get educated on the subject it would make it a lot of difference on the lives of people around us.

  • This is so important to be sharing! Thank you for speaking up and helping to change the conversation for the better.

  • Great post! Mental health is VERY important and the more it’s talked about the more it helps!

  • I am so happy to see that more and more people are talking about mental health and suicide. I am so sure that the purpose of this year’s mental health day is partially solved. People are talking about it 🙂

  • I think that the taboo around mental health is slowly being dissolved away by raising awareness and employers starting to take responsibility also! Fab post! Keep it up!