Last week, many people around the world celebrated International Mental Health Day.
I saw many people – from celebrities to social media influencers saying – “It’s okay, not to be okay.”
But is it? Can you really look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that when YOU are not okay?
Let me clarify myself.
I’m grateful that there is a push for change.
Push for change to break the stigma of mental health. Not pretending like everything is okay when you’re not.
But what does it really mean to be “not to be okay?”
I go back to the time when I really thought I wasn’t going to make it. When someone would ask me how would I describe the feeling of “not being okay” is, I would say this one phrase.
Feeling utterly alone.
I’m not really sure if I can tell someone that it is truly okay not to be okay – if someone were to describe their state of “not being okay” like that.
Take a look around you. Make today the day that you can notice someone that is “not okay.” Text or call them, and let them know how they are not alone, and that it is really okay for them to feel this way.
This is not a cry for pity, but it IS a cry for authentic care for one and another as a community.
What are YOU doing to fight for this ugly stigma?