Three little words that could save somebody's life
The term 'how are you' is used SO much in everyday life, that I think people have forgotten the importance of these words, and how they could actually save someone in their darkest moments.
I think a lot of us know from experience that when on the verge of tears, the phrase 'how are you?' or ' are you okay?' would push you over the edge, ending up in a teary state, but doesn't it feel SO much lighter and better, once you've released that weight from yourself?
The phrase 'how are you?' usually works the same. If someone you know is acting not like their usual self or seems quiet or distant, PLEASE do not think twice about asking if they are okay, because usually, that is what they need to feel better. Reassurance can be so important for a lot of people who are struggling with their own demons, whether that be intrusive thoughts, depression or anxiety and many others. Offering reassurance or asking how they are, makes them feel valued and loved, instead of feeling like a burden, which the media often portrays people with mental health issues as.
The phrase 'how are you?' also starts the conversation, that they may not have had with anyone before in fear of shame or misunderstanding. Giving people that opportunity to speak out about what's worrying them could potentially end up saving their lives, all over the matter of three little words.
If you know someone who is struggling, hasn't been themselves recently or could do with checking in on, drop the phrase 'how are you?'. Have that conversation about mental health, engage with each other and it may end up making a world of difference.
I hope everyone is doing well,
Sending lots of love and strength to anyone who needs it.
End the stigma of mental health by reaching out and speaking up.
Thank you for reading and I hope this helps at least one person.