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How to Talk About Your Mental Health

For many of us, talking about our mental health is a sensitive topic. Even though 1 in 5 Americans will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime, it’s not uncommon for us to keep the details to ourselves. In fact most of my own clients report not talking about their mental health out of fear of rejection, shame or even being labeled “crazy.” And perhaps that’s the reason why only about 60% of Americans with a mental illness seek help.

Ironically, one of the best things we can do to improve our mental health is talk about how we’re feeling and seek help. According to Mental Health America, roughly 80% of people who seek help for depression feel an improvement and treatment for panic disorders has up to a 90% success rate. With stats like these, why wouldn’t you talk?

If you’re thinking about talking to someone, but aren’t sure where to start, we have a few suggestions for you:


Deciding who to talk to can feel risky or uncomfortable. Perhaps you don’t want people to worry about you or you’re worried as to how they’ll react, and how it will affect your relationship.