Charpsy is a social networking site where you can share your story of hope, justice, inspiration, integrity, and hardship while your mental health needs to help change systematic flaws. Sharing your story about mental health can help reduce stigma and find support and connection. Now, more than ever, we must help and support people struggling with mental health challenges. And the way to do this is to teach people how to reflect on their journey through mental illness. Besides offering primary education about mental health, another essential component is 10- to 15-minute stories told by someone about their experiences with mental illness (such as depression issues, anxiety problems, and obsessive-compulsive behaviors), the lessons they have learned, and the skills that have helped them cope.
Like every adventure, our mental health has its ups and downs. You build resilience when you learn to approach your mental health as a journey. You will be able to build self-awareness and self-compassion. You can continue to grow, learn, and get to know yourself better than you did yesterday. And, although it may not have an ending, it won’t always be so hard. As you build mental fitness skills, you will reach a situation of greater control and confidence in your ability to improve — and maintain — your well-being.
Sharing your story helps you “get better at getting better” in part because it focuses you on reflecting on your journey and how you have overcome challenges. You will be able to identify strategies that helped and shift how you viewed mental health. One common thread is to see recovery from mental illness and nurturing mental well-being as constant processes. Also, sharing your story may help separate your identity from your mental illness. As you say it out loud to someone other than yourself, suddenly, there is a distance between you and the story. It will also help improve your sense of well-being and confidence. Sharing your story makes you feel empowered and gives you a sense of purpose since you use your experience to help others.
It would help if you broke the wall by talking about mental health, as it will help you fight against the stigma associated with mental illness. Stigma is just a lack of understanding, and a lack of learning comes from a lack of knowledge. When sharing their story with Charpsy, you may become more willing to seek help when you find yourself struggling with your mental health, are more aware of appropriate places to find support, and are more likely to encourage others to seek consent. Sharing your story of mental illness isn’t without risks—it may lead to labeling and social discrimination—but there are also positive benefits—like getting more support and help, feeling genuine, and being less stressed about keeping it secret.
However, with Charpsy, your connections through relationships and networking can build a safety net for your mental health. They are known to lower your anxiety and depression and raise your self-esteem. If you are experiencing a mental hardship condition, you may not want to maintain a connection with others. But this can make it challenging to cope and recover. Socializing with your community, culture, and surroundings can provide comfort and meaning if you face challenges. Whether it’s spending time with someone, chatting with your friend, joining a community, a choir, or a group of like-minded people, staying connected can help to keep you well.
Being part of a Charpsy Org can positively affect mental health and emotional well-being. Charpsy community participation provides a sense of belonging and social connection. It can also offer everyday life extra meaning, support, and purpose. For many people, communicating with others can help them to enjoy a healthier mindset, improved self-worth, and greater enjoyment of life.
Around 1/3rd of Australian adults are not actively involved in any social or community groups. But, having people to talk to and depend on and making new connections through a social circle can help reduce the risk of mental health challenges. As a first step, you can sign up as a member of Charpsy Org and be a part of a group of like-minded people offering to help someone else; staying connected can help to keep you well.
Article written by Ash
DISCLAIMER: The General Post blog articles including this one are written by the #charpsyorg partner Ash Archarya, and are not professional advice.