A Conversation With Mental Health

Cami Akers 11.5.2020

I believe that mental health wellness should be an important part of everyone’s daily lives. In my own experience, I know it can be hard to admit when you need help and when you should take care of yourself. However, it is an important conversation to have, and it is nice to hear other people’s experiences compared to your own. I watched a Conversation With Mental Health, a documentary by Anxiety UK, which featured three men describing their experiences with mental health. I also watched another video by the same company titled “Practical Tips for Dealing with Anxiety”.

In the second and third photos, two of the men (Ben and Micheal) describe how their mental illnesses affect their brains on a daily basis. Mental health is not linear and can vary from day to day. It can be really tough and exhausting or it can almost feel like it was never there. It is important to keep track of how your illness behaves. It can also help to identify your illness as an object/creature, as Ben states. In my own experience as well as those I know, treating your mental illness as something tangible can help make fighting it easier.

The third man (Niall) talks about his coping skills. For him, watching motivational videos helped him get out of his dark place. It is important to have healthy coping mechanisms and they can be different for everyone. For some, it could be having a professional therapist and for others it could just be venting to a friend. Distracting yourself with your hobbies and calming yourself down are generally accepted as coping skills. Anxiety is your brain taking stress and causing a physical reaction, so calming yourself down is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Make sure to take care of yourself. You are your number one priority.