Updated: Nov 6
This year has certainly been one for the history books, but not one I imagine many of us will be looking back upon very favourably. We're living through unprecedented times and it's hardly surprising that amid all this uncertainty a lot of us are experiencing difficulties with our mental health. As measures start to toughen up again in a bid to tackle the second wave of the virus, many of us are finding we're not able to meet with friends and loved ones, we're not able to get that all-important human connection, which is so important to our mental well-being. Although we might be physically absent from each other's lives right now, many of us are privileged with access to technology which has the power to connect us during these tough times.
For a lot of us, life has been transferred online. We've been working from home, attending office meetings via Zoom, binge-watching just about everything on Netflix, and more than ever, we've been turning to social media for entertainment. Of course, we all know that too much social media isn't good for us, but just the other week, I was reading a story in the news about a man named Edmund O'Leary, and this story got me thinking about how, if we choose to use social media mindfully, then we can use it as a tool which connects rather than isolates us. Edmund O'Leary who, experiencing difficulties with this own mental health, made the decision to reach out via Twitter. His tweet, which was met with a flood of support from around the globe, read 'I am not ok. Feeling rock bottom. Please take a few seconds to say hello if you see this tweet. Thank you.'
During a period of our lives when many of us have been isolated, separated for months from friends and loved ones, and struggling with our own personal problems, it was amazing to see that strangers on the internet were invested in bringing some positivity into Edmund O'Leary's life. The story also got me thinking about the importance of reaching out when we feel like we are struggling. It's important to remember, especially at times like these, if we're not coping, if we're struggling at any level it's ok to reach out, to tell people how we're feeling, and to lean on those around us when we need to.
Whilst people are getting better at being candid about their mental health, we're not quite there yet. Edmund O'Leary's story really shows us how important it is to speak out about our mental health and shows us that, when we do there is always someone there to listen and to help us through the tough times, whether that be a friend, colleague, or someone online. Social media has its pitfalls, but this story proves that if we use it mindfully, then we can utilise the power of social media to forge that all-important human connection which we all need so desperately right now. During these tough times, it is essential that we prioritise our mental health, reach out when you feel you need to or get in touch with a friend you think might need it. It's so important to find new ways of connecting with one another because after all strong, positive connections with others are key to our mental well-being.
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This post was written by Lana, one of our social media volunteers here at The Mind’s Well.