“anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. when we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.”
– fred rogers

awareness is the acceptance and understanding of something, in part or whole. mental awareness is then learning about the complexities of the mind including mental illnesses and being familiar with the vernacular of the movement. it means accepting the medical nature of it and not asking that people ‘get over it,’ when the solution is much more complex.
mental health awareness increases the chances of early intervention, which can result in a fast recovery. awareness reduces negative adjectives that have been set to describe our people with a mental illness.
here are ways we can keep our komuniti updated about mental health.

“if we start being honest about our pain, our anger, and our shortcomings instead of pretending they don’t exist, then maybe we’ll leave the world a better place than we found it.”
– russell wilson

1. talk with the people you know. ask family, friends, and coworkers how they’re doing and really listen to the answers. if they give any indication that they are depressed or stressed out, share with them the resources available to help them. if you sense that they might be considering self-harm or suicide, encourage them to seek help immediately and assist them as appropriate.
2. open up about your experience. if you’ve struggled or are struggling with mental illness, share your story. hearing another person going through the same thing can be a relief and can be the nudge a person needs to get help and look for treatment.
3. use kind language. when you hear people around you talk about mental illness in disparaging terms, politely ask them to consider the impact of their words. any language that reinforces the stigma of mental illness is harmful and might keep someone from getting help. 
4. educate yourself about mental illness. it’s not uncommon for people to misunderstand mental illness. learn more about it and share what you learn. this includes talking with children about mental health in age-appropriate terms. children are not immune to mental illness and can experience conditions like depression and anxiety as early as primary school.
5. volunteer with mental health organizations that frequently need help with specific initiatives and ongoing efforts. your proactiveness or email will be greeted with heartfelt appreciation.
6. use social media wisely. platforms like instagram, facebook, youtube and twitter can be great forums for us to be open-minded and inquisitive when it comes to mental illness.
7. encourage physical health that supports mental health. help people understand that physical health can have a direct impact on mental health. eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise and sleep all play a part in a person’s mental and emotional state. 

“the strongest people are those who win battles we know nothing about.”
– unknown

join us at karma yoga as we find awareness to be more in tune with ourselves. 


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