Why Mental Health Should Never Be A Joke

Picture : Demi Lovato : Staying Strong book

Recently you may of heard Demi Lovato was rushed to hospital after sadly another relapse. However, when I was sat devastated writing out my Instagram post about how I’ll always support her, close to tears, there were people out there thinking otherwise. I was seeing Memes on Facebook, comments about how it’s her fault and how they blame her. I was completely gobsmacked if I’m honest. So, here is my opinion on this and how I feel that nobody should ever be ashamed for having a mental health issue. 

I’ve looked up to Demi Lovato since I was 14 years old, I am now 24! That’s 10 years of watching her grow into the most inspirational person I may ever know, but also someone who has never hid the fact she has demons and struggles she faces each day. Now to a non Demi fan you may not understand what she is going through, and why she has taken the life paths she has decided to go down. Instead of explaining I am going to leave the link to her youtube documentary ‘Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated‘ which explains so much, I didn’t even know the half of it!

Now, nobody should feel the need to ever explain their mental health to anyone. That may be why I look up to her so much. She has helped so many people, and saved so many lives from opening up and saying that nobody is alone in this battle. Not only her mental health, but her addictions too. So, why should anyone have the right to sit and comment on how this is her own fault she’s relapsed. Things happen. We are human after all.

When it comes to her addiction she has never once said that it’s easy to control. She was drinking hard, and also on drugs every day, and opening up about this is brave. Demi was sober for 6 years and unfortunately relapsed a few months ago. She has never once hidden the fact that happened.

Now the way I look at it, if that was your friend or family member you’d be quick to support them and shut down any nasty comments. So why do people go onto social media and air their opinions on something, that one day might happen to them? I am writing about how I feel about Demi, but if this happened to anyone I knew personally, having shade thrown at them, I can guarantee you I’d be sitting here writing a blog post on it.

I feel like as mental health is spoken about a lot more open these days, that people should definitely be made aware about what people could be going through. That could be in the work place, schools, in shop windows, you name it, why shouldn’t everyone be aware and be told what signs to possibly look out for! You never know what someone could be going through, so don’t be so quick to judge someone. That’s why now, I try and make it clear to as many people possible that if they ever need a talk, i’m here to listen!

 

So now I ask you, what do you think about this topic? I’d love to know your thoughts on this.

 

 

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