It’s good to fight against mental health
By Lexi Masarweh | Editor-in-chief
For most of my life I have been dealing with mental health issues. Most of my friends know that I suffer from severe anxiety and depression, and I don’t hesitate to do so. However, this was not always the case. I firmly believe in de-stigmatizing mental health.
There is a stigma around mental illness that shouldn’t be there. Some people see mental illness as negative and say it’s all in the person’s head. This ideology makes people ashamed of having mental health issues and unwilling to seek help.
I have been personally told several times that I have nothing to be sad about and that I should rely more on my blessings. It would make me feel ungrateful and that my problems don’t matter. I would suppress my emotions and be in a depressive episode that would last for what seemed like forever.
These feelings lasted until my best friend Alexis Lovelace taught me that my problems, big or small, matter. She has helped me tremendously throughout my mental health journey.
I used to think that having a mental illness was bad and that something was wrong with me. At one point in my life, I fell victim to believing in the stigma surrounding mental health.
It took a lot of personal development to realize that there is nothing wrong with having mental illnesses. Once I realized that it was normal to have mental health issues, I started seeing a therapist. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in five American adults suffers from a mental illness.
Recently, there has been more talk about mental health. For example, Simone Biles withdrew from the Tokyo 2020 Team Gymnastics Final due to her mental health. I found this extremely courageous of her as she realized that her mental health was the # 1 priority. Additionally, Naomi Osaka shed light on her mental health and the importance of taking care of it.
It’s normal to have mental health issues. It is okay to ask for help with this. It doesn’t make you weak. It makes you stronger because it takes so much courage to reach out.