Two Ways to Begin Discussing Your Mental Health

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Two Ways to Begin Discussing Your Mental Health

Talking about your mental illness with others can be uncomfortable at first. Here are two ways to begin discussing your mental health with others.When you are struggling with a mental illness, you can feel unlike everyone else. You may feel embarrassed or overly anxious because not everyone understands all of your behaviors or ways of thinking. (Mental Health Stigma: Airing our "Dirty Laundry") However, it is healthy to become comfortable discussing your mental health battle, even if it initially makes you sick to your stomach to do so. By finding an outlet to share your story, or parts of your story, you will begin to get the help you need and begin the journey of removing the self-stigma that sometimes comes with having a mental illness.

Talk in a Support Group

Many people dislike therapy in any form, but some of those same people will admit that talking to a therapist has been helpful in their mental health recovery process. If you're not ready for therapy, how about trying a mental health support group? The National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance offer face-to-face support groups in many cities throughout the U.S. By sharing pieces of your story with others who are in a similar situation, you will be able to grab ahold of new coping skills and express emotions you once thought no one else could possibly understand.

Blog About Your Mental Illness

Creating a blog, vlog or podcast discussing your experience with a certain mental illness allows you to share your thoughts, feelings and insight without having to be face-to-face with someone. Some people have difficulty speaking to loved ones or others about their struggles simply because it is so personal. When you write or record those struggles alone on your own time, you get the satisfaction of sharing your story without feeling pinpointed by those around you.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: What are some ways you have opened up about your mental health struggles? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.


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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Massage and Acupuncture: Unique Self-Harm Alternatives
  2. What is the Difference Between Mania and Hypomania?
  3. Ending a Relationship: How Do You Know When Enough Is Enough?

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Kids Who Lack Sympathy 'More Likely To Share If They Respect Peers' Morals'
  • Economic Crisis 'May Explain Rise In Suicide Rates Among Middle-Aged Adults'
  • Improving Inmate Health Can Lead To Better Community Health And Safety
  • Older People And Eating Disorders: Not 'Just A Teenager's Problem'
  • Elementary Teachers' Depression Symptoms Related To Students' Learning
  • Caring Youth-Parent Relations Can Be Vital To Preventing Adolescent Suicide Attempts
  • Study: Identifying Mentally Ill 'Frequent Fliers' First Step To Reducing Police Contact

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APA Reference
Aline, J. (2015, March 2). Two Ways to Begin Discussing Your Mental Health, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2023, September 24 from

Last Updated: March 3, 2015

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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