I think at this point we are all familiar with 13 Reasons Why and the controversy surrounding the Netflix series. I know, I know. It’s been talked to death. But let’s talk about it for Mental Health Week anyway.
If you’re not familiar with the controversy, let me fill you in.
The Netflix adaptation of Jay Asher’s novel young adult novel 13 Reasons Why has been receiving both praise and criticism. The story depicts the life of a group of teenagers after the death by suicide of a girl named Hannah Baker. Hannah leaves tapes behind describing the thirteen reasons she had for dying.
While mental health advocates and professionals believe that talking about mental illness and suicide is important, they also believe that the makers of the series did not handle this sensitive material correctly. Not only so, but the makers seem often to actively go against media guidelines for talking about suicide.
Anxiety is a natural response to certain situations. Social anxiety is an evolutionary response. Belonging to, and being accepted by, a group was the difference between death and survival. Humans are social beings meant to be part of a community.
People who have anxiety disorders have natural anxiety on a large-scale. It doesn’t shut off. While there are not a whole ton of things that make having anxiety great, there are a few things that it teaches us.
I know that it can be hard to have friends with anxiety. There are a lot of little things and limitations you have to be aware of and sensitive to, and it can be frustrating. But anxiety can teach those who suffer from it and can give them different perspectives. One of those things is how to be a good friend.
Sure, people with anxiety have all different types of personalities and character traits. But in general, our anxiety makes us alert to certain things and these can benefit those who are around us.
So, this Mental Health Week, here are 14 awesome things that make people with anxiety great friends to have.
Hey y’all! It’s Mental Health Week! Let’s #GETLOUD for mental health.
Anxiety. Mental illness. Heavy topic, huh? It doesn’t have to be. Important topic? Absolutely.
I know that mental health and mental illnesses have been getting more mainstream coverage and acceptance of late (which is good), but it’s not enough. It’s something that we still need to work hard at to normalize. This is something that is okay to talk about. It’s important to talk about. 1 in 5 Canadians have or will suffer from a mental illness in their life. That’s 20% of the population, guys.
Although there are a lot of us out there, mental illness can be incredibly isolating. But, knowledge is power, yo! Educate yourself. Know someone with anxiety? (You probably do, whether you know it or not). Here are some (a little snarky) dos and don’ts.