Monday, July 27, 2015

We are people first (Guest post)

We need to be able to say what we feel. We need to be able to talk about the things that bother us; the things that matter, the things that make us sad and the things that make us angry.

We need to be able to say the things that hurt us even if it means us hurting someone else. We need to talk about mental health, which includes depression, even suicide. Mental health is even more serious than physical health, because without our emotions in tact, we’ll struggle to understand our physical symptoms.

Just because we have what seems like a happy upbringing, doesn’t mean we won’t struggle with mental health issues in the future. What seems right from the outset; is often not what it seems internally; through the emotions. We may not always show what we struggle with, but even the happiest people who seemingly have come through a happy childhood, may also struggle with their emotions. It’s part of life’s scenario.

To focus on other people’s pain and struggles instead of their accomplishments, however small, I believe is no more than an insult. We are people first, before our stories ever hit the headlines.

Perhaps that’s what we need to remember. People come first.

Ilana Stankler

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