This is something that has bothered me for years. The stigma around taking into depressants, or even admitting you need a bit of metal health support, you're struggling, stressed, anxious, down, not quite yourself. It's one of those things we almost pretty much don't talk about. That's it's not okay, that you'll be deemed not fit to do your job properly, that you're a bit weird. or people simply don't feel comfortable talking to you or maybe we don\'t feel comfortable talking about how we really feel, because we're meant to have it all together 24/7, the perfect life.
But let's face it, that is not true.
Since I'm a teacher, let's look at some stats there, in a survey a few years ago, "81% of teachers suffered from anxiety, stress and or depression" now I am in absolutely no doubt tis has risen. I see how exhausted, stressed out, overwhelmed teachers are every day. Even if we look about the streets, the supermarket, we can see many people are unhappy. I was speaking recently with an adult psychologist and there is a three month if not more waiting list to see the adult mental health service where we live for a review. So there is definitely a rise in mental health issues. People are genuinely struggling.
The sad thing is, that we as a society still stigmatise mental health, we've made it something taboo, that's its' not okay to say I am struggling, I need help or support, or even say yeah I take anti depressants.
We would take anti biotics if we had an infection, pain killers for a sore head, a bandage if we had hurt ourselves or a cast for a broken leg, so if we are struggling with low moods, lack of energy, would it therefor not be wise and actually very responsible to take medication to support us, to help us whilst we looked at other part of our lives we can work on changing, because lets face it when you are given up, withdrawn the last thing you want to do is make positive changes to your life. So, if going to the doctor and getting medical support help, the in my book, yes that is hugely responsible to get that help. But, also looking at how you can make self-loving chances to your life.
But we as a society, as friends, as practitioners, as people, brothers, partners, sisters, mums, dads, teachers etc need to stop stigmatising taking anti depressants, or making people feel like there is something wrong with taking them. I often hear people making comments such as oh they stop you feeling, numb you etc. No they don't. They don't stop you feeling, they don't mask how you really feel, or numb you as some people say, the are a responsible support if you feel it's the right thing for you to start making ,more self-loving changes to your life.