When we think of health and wellness the first thing that comes to mind, for most individuals, is taking care of our bodies. This generally means trying to get enough exercise and maintain a proper 'healthy' diet. The sad fact is that most people never think about taking care of their mental health until there is a problem.

So why do we ignore our mental health issues and try to hide them? Because there is a negative 'stigma' that accompanies mental health issues. If I was on a special diet to lower my colesterol I probably wouldn't think twice about sharing that information with friends and discussing. But if I was being treated for depression I would hide it from most people and would probably deny it if confronted.

So I ask again why do people hide mental health issues? In my opinion it's partially about society not being properly educated on the subject. I know people that think depression is an 'excuse' or that only 'weak' people get depressed - and I think that's why many people try to hide their depression, anxiety, etc.

The reality is that anyone can suffer from depression, no matter how strong you are, how well educated or successful - and ignoring the problem will only make it worse. If we started watching our mental health the way we watch our physical health and trying to educate the public about the realities of depression, anxiety, etc., maybe it would help. So no matter where you live or what your lifestyle - take some time to check in with yourself every once in a while - and if you need some mental health maintenance make sure you take the time.

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