I am an open book, even in the workplace these days. I have been honest with anybody that has asked about my struggles and I try to be there to support anybody that needs it. In a male dominated working environment it can be tough, but we are making steps in the right direction. I can see the shoots of positive change, but also the stigma and prejudice that still exists, especially amongst men.
The only way we can erase stigma and educate each other is with open and honest communication.
I totally agree, the chance to education and talk openly about mental health is so, so important! People feel alone, isolated because of their mental health struggles, and yet there are so many of us who are struggling, so many of us who feel alone when truly we aren't. Man, woman, or otherwise, you are valid, you matter, and your struggles need to be heard!
I don't know why but I see a lot of stigmas associated with mental health. I see people comfortably talking about diabetes or heart diseases, however, I rarely see people talking about bipolar disorder, personality disorder, mania, etc.
The unwillingness to talk about it, to normalize it makes it so much worse. It absolutely should be embraced, talked about openly. It's through communities like this that I learned to embrace those issues within myself and be fine with them, everyone should have that chance.