What I love about the mental health community

What do I love about the mental health community? Well, many things, really. But what I love most is their compassion to help others.

What I love about the mental health community – updated Aug 11, 2022

Jonathan Arenburg
Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan is a mental health blogger, published author, and speaker. He has appeared in numerous newspapers and has been a guest on many podcasts.

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Over the last few decades, we as a society have become increasingly more divided. This is not a good thing. But despite this, there has been some good come out of it. One of the best examples I can think of is the fight for a fairer world for many disadvantaged people.

While the fight for equality is an amazing thing, there are so many groups that differences are bound to appear. Today, it’s not unusual to see one group get the recognition they deserve, while another’s voice will be stifled, even silenced. There is, after all, only so much airtime. Hello, mental health!

As if that weren’t enough, many areas of social concern have an element of “Mine’s worse than yours” attached to it. Furthermore, we seem to be trying to drown one another other out with this sentiment. Ironically, I feel this may be due in part to another disturbing trend, that of not being heard. We all need to be heard. Therefore, we all need to start listening.

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Equally important is to never forget that everyone, regardless of who they are, not be dismissed. We are all living, feeling beings – therefore, are all worthy of kindness… In other words, the group I advocate for – mental health – does not give me license to systemically discount any other human. Nor does it give me a right to be hurtful and nasty.

On that front, I have only one more thing to say, “Compassion for all”.

“We can win the fight for equality but only if we unite round our common struggle.”

Jonathan Arenburg.

What I love about the Mental Health Community

So, here’s what I love about the mental-health community. In general, the advocates in the area of mental illness are more empathic of not only their cause, but also the plight of others. For example, I have never heard someone say, “My PTSD is worse than yours.” Nor have I seen someone use their illness as justification to minimize other groups attempting to improve their circumstance. In fact. in many cases, I have seen the opposite. We, the mentally ill, like to be kind.

But why? We are, for the most part both underserved and a vulnerable brunch. I think the answer is because we are both underserved and a vulnerable bunch. All in all, our pain and place in society gives us the power to understand.

With that said, can this be the only reason? Of course not. This is true because we all have reasons for our conditions. For example, People in the LBGTQ+ community have for years, had to hide who they are. Therefore, it’s not uncommon for them to experience depression. So, in short, people with mental illness always belong to some other group. We also run up against the same old stigma, the famous one-liners and the isolation.

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So, it makes sense to me that our illnesses can serve as our superpower to create a greater, more just world.

Ultimately, what I love about the mental-health community is the compassion we have for one another, and for people in general. For example, I have had so many people with PTSD, Depression, BDP and so on afford me the same empathy that they would people who have the same mental health condition… To them, I say thank you!

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Arenburg is a mental health blogger, S speaker, writer, and published author; He is also the host of the mental wellness podcast, #thewellnesstalksHe has also appeared in the i'Mpossible's Lemonade Stand III. He has also been a contributing writer for Mental health talk, a column in his local paper. In addition, he has also written for the mental health advocacy organization; Sick Not Weak.Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health-related podcasts Including: A New Dawn, The Depression Files, Books and Authors, and Men Are Nuts. Since being put off work because of PTSD, Jonathan has dedicated his time to his mental wellness journey while helping others along the way.Educated as an addictions' counsellor, he has dedicated most of his professional life of eighteen years, working with those who have intellectual disabilities, behavioural challenges, and mental illness.He has also spent fifteen years in the volunteer fire service helping his community.His new book (2021), “The Road To Mental Wellness,” goes into detail about his life-long battle with depression, anxiety and more recently, PTSD. In it, he hopes to provide insight on how mental illness cultivates over a lifetime and, if not recognized and treated, how it impacts the entirety of one's life; right from childhood into the adult years. Jonathan lives with his two children in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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