This year was the first year I ever did something for Mental Health Awareness Week. And, the year I decided I will keep doing something for this week year after year.
My school introduced a “Do Something Nice” week, during it. In our forms, we were given a name of another person and we just had to do something nice for said person. May it be open a door for them, make them a cake, pay for their lunch. It doesn’t matter how small the gesture, as long as it’s something nice.
I honestly didn’t think it would work, or that anyone would participate in it. But you can imagine my surprise when I’d come into form every morning and I’d see a box of celebrations by someone’s desk, or a nice message written on the whiteboard.
Without meaning to, it kind of hit a nerve. I bet the people who were least expecting something were even more grateful than the rest. I think it just goes to show that it doesn’t take a lot to make someone’s day.
Everyone’s stories, pasts and struggles are hidden from the world. You never know what someone is going through. And it’s easy to forget this. Mental Health Awareness Week is that reminder. To me, it shows that there is always more than meets the eye. People do struggle in silence. And on this week, it was easy to see that something as small as a sweet message was enough to make someone’s day. Is there a link? I don’t know.
All I know, is that it doesn’t take a lot to be there for someone. If we can do something for a stranger each day, imagine what you can do for someone you love. Mental Health still has that stigma, and I know it’s difficult to relate to. But have you tried to relate? Or, do you push it aside because it doesn’t concern you? It may not be a part of your life, but I promise, it is very prominent in someone else’s.
We see you. This week is more than just recognising Mental Health. We’re all in it together, lameness aside. Suffering in our own way, and dealing with our own demons. It’s impossible to forget the water that drowns.