This post is part 1 of 2 blogs that will give you some basic
information about mental health, as well as provide resources where
you can learn more. These things are important to know for if your
girl ever experiences a mental health crisis. Here are some mental
health “need-to-knows” in order to take the best care of your girls’
1. Having a mental illness is NOT a weakness. Anyone can
have a mental illness, while it can be hard to handle at times, this
does not make a person weak.
2. Everyone is different. Our brains are all different,
so it is okay if she has a different reaction to something than
others do. The important thing is to provide support when she is
feeling this way.
3. You can help your family member or friend. If
you know someone who has a mental illness you can help them through
it. As stated above, everyone is different, which means people
might need help with different things. In order to know how to best
help the person in your life that has a mental illness, ask them.
4. You can fight stigma. There is a stigma, or negative
opinion, about mental health that can prevent people from talking
about it or seeking help. You can help to break this stigma so that
people around you (like your girl) know that it’s okay to talk about
mental health and reach out to others when needed. In order to help
break the stigma, don’t shy away from mental health topics, and listen
when people around start discussing it to show that you can support
them if needed.
5. You are not alone. If your girl is struggling with
mental health, she may feel alone. It is important to let her know
that she isn’t alone. While it is harder to tell who is struggling
with mental health because it is not an injury/wound that you can
see, it is more common than you may think. About 1 in 4 people
struggle with mental health at some point in their lifetime.
6. There is a lot of information and resources. If your
girl is struggling with mental health, scroll to the bottom of the
page where there is a list of resources available.