You’re outside walking when suddenly you trip and break your leg. What’s the first thing you do? Odds are, it’s take out your phone and call for help. But what about when you wake up one morning and feel incredibly upset or anxious? Why then are people much less likely to reach out for help?

Especially today, people share almost everything — from what they had for breakfast to a physical illness. But there’s still a few things that remain taboo, and one of them is mental health. But with mental health issues affecting one in three children under the age of 18 and nearly 45 million adults (in just the United States), why is shame still the course?

In honor of World Mental Health Day, we’re starting the conversation about mental health.

Why it’s Important to Talk About Mental Health

There’s often a negative stereotype associated with mental illness. No one would ever tell someone with a broken leg to just “get over it,” but all too often that’s what people who suffer from mental health issues are told. Often times though, it doesn’t come from a place of anger, but rather a lack of understanding about what mental health issues truly are.

So the best way to inform people about mental illness is simply to talk about it openly and honestly. The more we talk about mental health, the more “normalized” it will become.

We’re Moving in the Right Direction

Today, more than ever, mental illness is being discussed. From the big and small screen to school classrooms, people are understanding the importance of discussing mental health. Most recently, the death of Carrie Fisher and Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington brought the topic of mental health into the spotlight, as Fisher suffered from bipolar disorder and Bennington from depression. Celebrities always help bring issues to light.

Your Mental Health Can Improve

Thankfully though, just like a broken bone, your mental health can improve. With medication or therapy (or a combination of both) many people with a mental illness learn how to properly manage their illness and live happy and healthy lives. If you or someone you know would like help or just to talk to someone, there are more organizations than ever that are devoted to helping young people overcome mental illness.

For patients receiving treatment at CIRCLE CARE Center, we offer a wide range of one-on-one and group counseling services in a variety of areas.