It’s time to talk about mental health
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Many people hesitate to talk about their mental health struggles openly. Because of the stigma attached to mental health, they may fear judgment or discrimination if they speak up. When people have to suffer in private, the isolation causes another layer of pain.
But times are changing, and more people are comfortable with sharing their struggle thanks to increased awareness and availability of information about mental health.
All images are used with permission by Amberella.
Owning our stories
People living with mental health concerns are not alone, but sometimes the world can make us feel that way. Sharing our stories through art and conversation are powerful ways to raise awareness. Plus, telling our stories can be healing for us and for our trusted confidants.
Philly artist and Council for Relationships supporter Amberella shares her journey with anxiety and depression through her public art. She told Streets Dept: “I want people to know that they aren’t alone and it’s possible to feel like yourself again or…even better than ever before. I’m planting those seeds of encouragement. Maybe I’m giving a glimpse of a possibility. We can begin again at any moment. It’s up to your very own self. We decide.”
We thank Amberella for her vulnerability and generosity in using her voice to share her story and raise awareness about mental health struggles.
While raising awareness is an important part of improving mental health outcomes, so is increasing access to treatment. That’s why Council for Relationships has a sliding fee scale based on income, so that everyone can afford the mental health services that they need. No one is turned away due to inability to pay.
As we acknowledge Mental Health Awareness Month, reach out to a friend you think may be struggling. If that ‘friend’ is you, take a moment to care for yourself and seek professional help if you feel you need to. We are here.
Visit this page to request an appointment.