The Mental Health Issue

Guest-edited by Scarlett Moffatt

I am no mental health specialist, and I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I’m learning to rid myself of any shame or embarrassment that comes with being open, honest, and transparent about my own mental health and why my happiness will always be my greatest triumph. As we all navigate through life, it’s important to remember to be kind, to be patient and loving and supportive of ourselves – even when being unkind to ourselves might feel more familiar. We can sometimes feel pressure to be happy, to be positive and more than ever post the “perfect life” on social media.

Mental Health is invisible to the naked eye – particularly in the theatrical world of social media – where anybody can pretend to be okay. And why do we still feel uncomfortable talking about it when it’s one thing we all have in common? Forget the labels, the ‘it’ bag, the in-season shoe, it’s our mental health that can connect us all – it’s a conversation that we all might be able to relate to – should we start to communicate and talk openly about it without the stigma attached to asking for help and admitting to struggling.

I was honoured to be asked to guest edit this issue, which marks Mental Health Awareness Week. I’d like to thank everybody who has contributed and shared their own story. Talking doesn’t always solve the problem, but I’m hopeful that the more we talk, the less shame we feel in asking for support or help. We are human and it’s okay to feel sad. Since becoming an Ambassador for Samaritans, I have been able to listen to, talk to, and relate to so many stories from the kindest and bravest people. In a world where we have a filter to fix imperfections, an app which can make our eyes brighter and smile wider, it’s okay to be honest about how we feel. It’s important to remember you are worthy of happiness, you are worthy of being heard and you are enough – on a good or a bad day.

Thank you for reading x

Scarlett Moffatt
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