Day 53 (of 189) talking about mental health….even in #Movember it’s not just a men’s issue with ❤️ to @hattiegladwell

Day 53 (of 189) talking about mental health … even in #Movember it’s not just a men’s issue with ❤️ to @hattiegladwell

I appreciate seeing all the hairy faces – from moustaches to “more” that indicate an interest in willingness to talk about health issues – #colchat could easily have had a bonus session just talking about this with the comods already embracing the furry look. My own November growth is coming in….

But I also saw a tweet reminder that there are also other people struggling at different levels and needing different lenses:

“I’m fine

-I’m actually really struggling but don’t want to waste your time

– I’m scared if I tell you what’s wrong you’ll say say something to make me feel worse

-You won’t believe me anyway”

A tough tweet to read and respond appropriately to.

We still need to change our lenses on mental health – for men’s and women’s sakes. @hattiegladwell continues to be an amazing advocate for showing why we need to see the mental health as important as the physical health.

And as my mobro ( https://ca.movember.com/mospace/ ) reminder for the middle of the month points out , there is not an easy visual of “what ‘it’ looks like”:

Unlike those people who have casts or wheelchairs, there is never a clear marker – so we have to accept the words we hear. And not think/say things like:

  • You think you have it bad?
  • Suck it up
  • It’s not that bad
  • Why can’t you just …..
  • Sure – you just want attention/a day off/ etc

A good reminder that being sad does not equate to understanding depression

Worries are not the same as anxiety

(And as I said in my tedx talk – we wouldn’t equate a sore throat to somebody suffering throat cancer) https://youtu.be/V-JpBJal3F8

Let’s spend the second half of November being mindful of the words we hear from others, because “fine fine fine” rarely means “fine”…..

About technolandy

Principaling on the Pacific in Powell River BC Pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Utilizing ePortfolios & Descriptive Feedback to personalize learning!
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