I spend a lot of time reading mental health articles. And I feel like often the article has a picture of someone staring morbidly out a window or crouched down, head in their hands. And I wonder if that is the only way people envision mental health crisis looking like.
Because it definitely can look like that. It can also look like the workaholic who can’t get out of the office. It can look like the comedian who always has a smile on their face. It can look like your neighbor. It can even look like you.
Yet the images so commonly portrayed in those articles might prevent people in crisis from realizing that they need support too. Meanwhile those images only fuel the negative stigma that still surrounds mental illness.
Ideally, some day soon the world will better reflect what mental health looks like. Until then, posts like this one will hopefully help remind everyone that a mental health crisis can look like a lot of different things. It is okay to not be okay, but the first step to bouncing back from that is to recognize when you aren’t okay. And hopefully, thoughts like this one help.
Until next time, be well.