I am very happy to say that I have been named a Each Mind Matters Ambassador where I will be highlighting awareness for Mental Illness and Mental Health Issues surrounding the holiday season. Why is this important to me? I suffer from depression & social anxiety and sometimes it’s hard for people that don’t suffer from mental illness to understand what it’s like. Over the next few months, I will be sharing some info about talking to others about Mental Health Issues, how to talk to kids about Mental Health Issues and more.
With the holidays arriving VERY soon (which, by the way, how did that happen so quickly?) it’s time to start reflecting on what we are thankful for, sharing memories about the year that is coming to a close, sharing our struggles & triumphs and celebrating the new year to come. Most of us always say we are thankful for our families, especially as we sit down to eat for our big Thanksgiving/Hanukkah/Christmas meals. What other subjects do you talk about?
My family of 5 stays home for Thanksgiving. My family is spread out through Southern California & my husband’s family is on the East Coast. As we sit around the table, we talk about what we are thankful for, our favorite memories from the past year & what we’re looking forward to in the next year. We always share with the kids why we need to be thankful for what we have.
Chatting with kids about Mental Health is tricky but is something that needs to be done. I am open with my older 2 kids (14 & 11) about times I have been to therapy or when I am having social anxiety. For one, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. And two, I want them to know that no matter what, they can come talk to us if they are feeling down and depressed. One of them does show signs of depression (he’s a lot like me in these areas) and he’s been to therapy in the past. I don’t even want him to be embarrassed or ashamed because of it.
Look out for two more posts from me in the coming months about Mental Health Challenges & Mental Illness. This Thanksgiving, talk to your families about mental health challenges that people face every day and how we are to be thankful for the help they are provided to overcome their obstacles.