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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about society’s need for us to be “happy” and “doing okay.” Of course, we all want those things. We want to be happy and fulfilled and successful. We don’t want to be depressed or sad or stressed out. But at the end of the day, what’s wrong with not being okay? What’s Okay to Talk About? I got together with a few friends recently who are open about their mental health challenges and we had a frank and refreshing conversation about the challenges we all face. However, it felt a little wrong to be talking so openly about self-harm and specific mental health diagnoses in a crowded restaurant. It felt like we were breaking the rules. And that’s a big part of the problem. This idea that it’s not okay to talk about not being okay and needing help. The three of us are…

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No matter what you do for a living, it is common knowledge that you need to be in good health in order to do your job properly. Many people who have chronic health conditions struggle to maintain jobs that they can attend regularly. This is specifically true for people who struggle with mental illness. In many cases, physical health conditions are understood by people in power, such as administrators, directors, supervisors or bosses, and are handled in a way that employees can manage their health and their work to the company’s liking. This isn’t the case for everyone, but when it comes to health, physical disabilities or illnesses that can be seen and understood are much more widely accepted than mental health disorders and illnesses. One in five Americans experiences mental illness in any given year. That means that there’s a very good chance that the person sitting in the…

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