Why We Need To Be Talking About Mental Health

Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness. From anxiety to depression to bipolar disorder and OCD, mental health issues are widespread. It is likely that someone you know, or perhaps you yourself, struggle with one of these common illnesses.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt daily life and impact the economy, it is possible that mental illnesses may increase across the country. According to mental health experts, social isolation may cause anxiety and PTSD symptoms in a large portion of the population.

That is why we at VentSpace believe it is important to address the topic of mental health and mental illnesses. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which gives us an opportunity to draw attention to important emotional, mental and social issues, to increase public dialog, and to inspire healthy action.

It isn’t always easy to discuss mental health — even with close friends or family members. It may feel uncomfortable or embarrassing. We may be afraid of being judged or treated differently. We may even be so accustomed to struggling that it seems unnecessary or pointless to talk about our pain.

But awareness of mental health issues is a critical part of understanding, accepting and healing. The more people understand mental illness, the more we can reduce stigma and discrimiation and work together toward healthy solutions and treatments.

This month on our blog we are examining mental health from several different angles and doing our part to normalize and encourage discussion about this topic.

What is one way you can increase awareness of mental health issues?