For someone who has mental illness in their life this day is a brilliant way in reinforcing its nothing to be ashamed of .The more it is spoke abut the less stigma there is .If someone has a broken arm they have physical proof to show their break and their pain whereas people suffering mental illness have to suffer a invisible illness. This then leads to lack of acceptance and understanding .
If someone looks ‘ok’ they can then hear comments like what have you got to be depressed about? cheer up it might never happen! also pull yourself together. On hearing things like this it reaffirms the insignifence of someone’s mental illness.
It really can affect anyone from all walks of life , there is help and support out there .
Even if today someone who is suffering in silence just quietly tweets im not ok ….. Its that first step to talking .