People Use #MyMentalHealthIn5Words to Explain Their Mental Health on Twitter
Explaining your mental health to others isn’t always easy. Sometimes finding the right words seems impossible, or, when you do speak out, others don’t seem to understand or are unsupportive. On Monday, the hashtag #MyMentalHealthIn5Words started trending on Twitter, as a way for users to explain their experience living with mental illness in simpler terms.
The hashtag was started by Amanda Stafford (@ShutUpAmanda), who hosts a mental health hashtag “game,” #MandasHeadgames, on Sunday nights. Stafford started the hashtag game over two years ago in hopes of starting more conversations around mental health. The idea came from Stafford’s own experience living with a mental illness, and not wanting others to feel like she did for 10 years before she sought help.
“There are so many people, too many who think they are suffering alone, or who don’t even recognize they have a mental illness, so every week I try to spread the message of hope,” Stafford told The Mighty.
Stafford chose to narrow this week’s hashtag to five words so that tweets would be concise, and potentially more relatable.
“When you see how many people say the same thing as you, it helps combat that feeling of isolation,” she said. “It shows you that you aren’t alone.”
While everyone’s experience with mental illness is different, people can share similar aspects. Here are some experiences you may relate to if you have a mental illness.
Raging war everyday against anxiety. #MyMentalHealthIn5Words
— Will Friedle (@willfriedle) December 18, 2017
battling demons in my head #MyMentalHealthIn5Words
I want you to know asking for help is NOT weak. Talking to someone makes a huge difference. Mental health is so important, take care of yourselves FIRST. You are valued & loved and you deserve all the happiness in the world.
— fiona (@95zhype) December 18, 2017
I will be ok someday#MyMentalHealthIn5Words
— Dana (@Danisofia2000) December 18, 2017
Seeking help is not weak #MyMentalHealthIn5Words
— dhorudrudu (@dhorudrudu) December 18, 2017
This is not for “attention.” #MyMentalHealthIn5Words
— haley loves gen (@kathrynnewtons) December 18, 2017
Hard to explain to others #MyMentalHealthIn5Words
— Cara McDonnell (@caramcdonnell21) December 18, 2017
I'm worth taking care of. #MyMentalHealthIn5Words
— Rebecca Lemke (@NewCrunchyMom) December 18, 2017
#MyMentalHealthIn5Words Recovery is not always straightforward
— Tamara ???????? Tennocon (@totalspiffage) December 18, 2017
relapses don’t erase your progress #MyMentalHealthIn5Words
— bianca (@lovatosxdrew) December 18, 2017
sleepless nights and active mind#MyMentalHealthIn5Words
— Who’s That Guy? It’s Jess (@puertoricangeek) December 18, 2017
#MyMentalHealthIn5Words Can’t get out of bed.
— bianca (@biancaca) December 18, 2017
#MyMentalHealthIn5Words Doesn't Define Who I Am
— Tyler Layne (@TylerLayneMusic) December 18, 2017
— Julia Watson (@wordnerditis) December 18, 2017
Sometimes it's all too much #MyMentalHealthIn5Words
— noah ????️???? (@noadieboy) December 18, 2017
struggling but im still fighting#MyMentalHealthIn5Words
— aegyology (@_softbaemin_) December 18, 2017
What are five words you’d use to describe your mental health? Let us know in the comments below.
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