WHY DON’T PEOPLE TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH?
Awareness of mental health is increasing, but we still face a world where people with mental health problems face discrimination and can face challenges getting the help they need.
Many people who experience distress try to keep their feelings hidden because they are afraid of other people’s responses.
Fear of discrimination and feelings of shame are among the top reasons people give for not telling their colleagues about their mental health problems.
When we create a culture where people can be themselves, it is easier for people to speak about mental health concerns without fear, and easier for them to reach out for help when they need it.
Even so, the decision to disclose distress is not one people take lightly. It is vital that environments become where people feel safe to be themselves.