Student Monica Jamison writes in The Technique about bringing mental health to the forefront of our conversations. Below is an excerpt from the article, check out the full piece here.

It’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay to not have it all together. It’s okay to be sad, overwhelmed, frustrated, or even depressed. Our culture places a disproportionate amount of value on happiness. Many people put on a happy face for the world, for their parents, and often times even for their friends. However, negative feelings are valid and nothing to be ashamed of.

To some extent, everyone experiences highs and lows, whether the times of not being okay last hours, days, weeks, or more. Experiencing the full spectrum of emotions is human, and giving oneself permission to experience and acknowledge negative feelings is crucial. Suppressing these specific feelings can lead to serious emotional stress and worsening of mental health.

For these conversations to occur more easily, the taboo on talking about sadness and stigma against mental illnesses, especially depressions, needs to be broken down. In the meantime, whether you have had just a day of not being okay or too many to count, that is okay. One day you will be okay again, and talking about it is okay, too.

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