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The Importance of Mental Health

The Importance of Mental Health


When I decided to quit drinking, I was afraid of being judged by others. I believed that a life without alcohol would be impossible for me. I was worried that people would label me as an “alcoholic” and treat me differently.

It was then that I first experienced the weight of addiction and recovery stigma. However, over the years of my recovery journey, I realized that stigma doesn’t just apply to substance abuse, but to mental health issues as well.

As a child, I was told not to cry, be upset, or overly excited. We are taught to suppress our emotions and to view openly grieving as uncomfortable. We believe that being resilient means being strong and brave, lacking outward displays of emotion.

However, this societal norm doesn’t allow for healthy emotional expression, which can lead to mental health issues. We aren’t taught how to identify and move through our emotions, or how to provide support for others who are struggling with their mental health.

People experiencing strong emotions are often dismissed with phrases like “don’t cry,” “all the pieces occur for a motive,” “it may very well be worse,” and “you’ll recover from it.” This culture of emotion-shaming leads to high levels of anxiety, depression, and addiction.

Everyone experiences trauma, heartache, grief, sadness, and anger in their lifetime. Without proper assistance and tools for dealing with these emotions, they can significantly affect our mental health.

Alcohol and drugs are often used to self-medicate, and people are stigmatized when they develop addiction and choose to quit. This leads to a harmful cycle of stigma and bias that reinforces the notion that people who struggle with their mental health are weak.

We live in a health-conscious society that promotes gym memberships, diets, and supplements for physical health. However, mental health is rarely discussed, despite the fact that it is essential for overall well-being.

The truth is that there is no physical health without mental health. We need to acknowledge and address mental health issues and emotions instead of suppressing them. Life is difficult enough without the added stress of hiding our true selves and struggling with our mental health.

When I quit drinking, I was afraid of what others would think of me. However, I soon realized that the stigma I was experiencing came from within me. I didn’t want to be labeled as crazy or weak. I wanted to fit in with my peers and suppress my emotional self, but that was not healthy.

Sobriety has given me the ability to become aware of my mental health and the importance of emotional expression. It’s crucial to recognize and accept our emotions and mental health issues, as they are a part of our well-being.

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society must acknowledge the importance of mental health and provide support and resources for those struggling with their mental health. We need to stop stigmatizing those with mental health issues and recognize that emotional expression is essential for overall well-being. It’s time to break the cycle of stigma and bias and encourage healthy emotional expression.

The Importance of Mental Health



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