Despite the fact that over 970 million people across the globe live with a mental health disorder,there is still the stigma that there is something shameful about mental illness.
This can make it daunting to open up about it, but sharing your mental health story can bring a great deal of relief, help you receive valuable support, and even significantly impact others in a similar situation. However, it can also expose you to negative or unsupportive reactions.
If you’re considering sharing your mental health story, you probably have a lot of concerns, such as:
There is no one correct way to share your story, but a major part is overcoming all the fears and concerns above. However, we can share some tips to help you share your story if and when you’re ready:
We cannot promise that every response to your story will be positive. You can only help those who you can help. Some people may not be ready to hear what you have to say.
Therefore, learning to deal with a negative response is an essential part of sharing your story so you don’t feel discouraged or ashamed. Don’t let the concerns about a negative reaction prevent you from taking ownership of your story. We have a few things to keep in mind if you do see a negative comment on your story:
Sharing your story is not just empowering for you; it can be beneficial for others and the loved ones of others going through similar struggles in so many ways, including: