It can be scary to open up about mental health, particularly if you’ve been struggling with it for a long time. But doing so will allow the people in your life who love and care about you to be supportive and help. It will also give you the liberation of no longer living in fear of someone finding out about your struggle.
Every year, Screening for Mental Health hosts National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) to encourage people to be proactive about their mental health and take a free, anonymous online screening. This year’s theme is Speaking Your Mind. Whether you tell one person, talk to a doctor or mental health professional or become an advocate for mental health awareness, it’s important to share your story to help yourself and help others.
More than 15 million adults in America experience depression in any given year. Opening up about your mental health can also help inspire others in your life who may also be dealing with a mood disorder speak about it or seek out help.