Mental Health

The Cure For Mental Health: #JustGoForAWalk

I wasn’t planning on writing this post today. I wasn’t planning on doing much of anything today actually, just a few bits that have been on my to-do list for ages and I finally had some free time to cross them off.

However I just had to blog about this because I can’t believe it, after all these years we’ve finally done it- we’ve got a cure for Mental Illness! What is this wonder cure you might be asking?

It’s so simple I can’t believe its taken till now to find it…

just go for a walk!

The Cure For Mental Health- #JustGoForAWalk

Okay so I’m being sarcastic (we really do need to invent a font for that!). In case you don’t know what’s prompted this and are currently thinking WTF, I’d better give a quick explanation!

Last night on Twitter there was the #TalkMH chat and things got a little heated. Some vile human being made the comment that: “people with mental health issues should just go for a walk and get a grip really? It’s not hard to cope with.”

Her justification for such an ignorant comment? “have you not seen Katie Hopkins saying depression is just people’s lazy excuses? It doesn’t exist.”

Yes because the woman who thought India wasn’t a real place should be listened to.

From that comment the #justgoforawalk hashtag was created and I recommend checking it out if you want to have a good laugh; some of the comments are very witty and so sarcastic! I’m actually really proud of the Mental Health community reacted to this and the response it got, you guys are awesome!

Now supposedly this was all just a wind up and a troll but I really couldn’t care less because the attitude is very much real! People still do not take mental health seriously and many of us find it difficult, if not impossible, to get the help, support and diagnosis we need; and don’t even get me started on the stigma that is still attached to the words Mental Health!

Someone who can say everything I want to and more (and in a much calmer and sensible way) is the awesome RichBiscuit. He made this video on the subject and manages to say everything I want to in a way that doesn’t involve a lot of very bad language!

I just want to add this point:

If someone has a broken leg they get lots of sympathy and aren’t expected to do things they wouldn’t be able to. However if someone has a mental health condition they’re told to just think positive, just cheer up, just go for a walk. 

Okay then person with a broken leg- just walk on it! Just ignore the pain and the fact you’ll be causing yourself further and possibly permanent damage and just walk! It’s not difficult, everyone else walks, I don’t know why you’re making such a fuss over it! And anyway I don’t think you’ve really broken your leg, I think you’re just making it up for attention and to get out of things you don’t want to do.

Thats the kind of shit people with Mental Health have to put up with daily!

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23 Comments

  1. Nadia Maalin (PF&F) (@nadia_pff)

    September 9, 2016 at 9:01 am

    That is disgusting. Mental health issues are REAL. How could someone dismiss a real illness just because it isn’t physical.

    http://psychologyfoodandfitness.blogspot.co.uk/

  2. Jade Marie

    September 9, 2016 at 9:04 am

    In one word: Ignorance! They think they’re being clever and funny when all they’re going is making themselves look like an idiot and continuing the stigma which we’re fighting to end.

  3. Healthwealthbridge by Dr.Amrita Basu

    September 9, 2016 at 10:23 am

    I struggle everyday to be healthy physically and mentally. One thing I have found ,on the days I exercise I feel happier.
    Maybe this ignorant soul meant that.The effect of endorphin as mood elevators is real.
    The world is full of unsympathetic people who really don’t get what it’s to “feel” your brain.But that’s okay,because I believe that makes me special.It’s from my struggles that I understand more,feel deeply,appreciate more.
    Thanks for this post.

  4. Jade Marie

    September 9, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I completely get that exercise can help, it does for me sometimes but that isn’t what she meant at all. When you read the whole treat of conversation on Twitter she’s was being so horrible and basically said that mental health doesn’t exist- that’s what got us all so riled up!
    I’m glad you’ve managed to find a positive way of thinking about things 🙂

  5. Healthwealthbridge by Dr.Amrita Basu

    September 9, 2016 at 10:29 am

    I strictly try to give no time to horrible stuff. People who are mean and cruel have serious mental health issues themselves. Their struggle us they don’t even know they need help.They are just sad cases.

  6. Healthwealthbridge by Dr.Amrita Basu

    September 9, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Mean and cruel people have mental health problems themselves.But don’t know that.I have seen people who behave badly often have serious family/professional life mess ups going on.

  7. Rachel

    September 9, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Great post. It’s so good how the Twitter MH community has come together and showed this ignorant individual that we won’t stop talking about mental health!

  8. katiereablog

    September 9, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Thank you for sharing this post. It is so inspirational. I can completely relate to what you are saying. I am following your blog so that I can read more.

  9. Jade Marie

    September 9, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Thank you 🙂 and I was so proud of everyone! It showed not only her but everyone else that we will fight our corner and fight it well!

  10. Jade Marie

    September 9, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Thank you for such a lovely comment Katie! 🙂 I hope you like the rest of my content as much as you liked this post

  11. Claire

    September 9, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    *Rolls eyes* – I’ve had comments like that before. Other favourites include “have you tried thinking positive?” Or “You really should try and pull yourself together.” – To which my response was “You should really just f**K off!” (Lets blame the second glass of wine)! Great post. I’m so glad I found your blog. As a fellow mental health blogger this is something I feel really passionate about. Can’t wait to read more! 🙂

  12. Jade Marie

    September 9, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Oh that’s normally my answer without a glass off wine so at least you have an excuse! Haha I’m just sick of hearing it, like i said at the end, you wouldn’t say something like that to someone with a physical disability so why say it with a mental one!
    I’m so glad you like my blog! Just about to check yours out now 🙂 raising awareness for mental health and trying to end stigma are my two main passions and I’m so glad to meet someone else who’s just as passionate! 🙂

  13. Claire

    September 9, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Right! – “excuse me.. I know that your leg is in plaster, but I really think you should just go for a walk.”
    Your blog is really good and your passion for MH is contagious, I love it!

  14. Jade Marie

    September 9, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    And then; “actually come to think of it I saw you walking on that leg just last week so I don’t believe it’s broken at all, even though it’s in plaster so you must be doing it for attention!”
    I’m glad it’s contagious for other people, that’s the reason I started this blog in the first place! 😀

  15. Claire

    September 9, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Totally followed you now, so I won’t miss anything 🙂 (in a non stalker way).

  16. Jade Marie

    September 9, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Awesome! All my social media links are at the bottom of my post if you want to follow me on any of them too 🙂 I’ll definitely follow you back- I love your blog and you’ve got my sense of humour too! 🙂

  17. Holly

    September 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Unless someone has the debilitating illness that is anxiety they shouldn’t have the right to dictate to go for a walk. I have had anxiety for 16 years and I know too well how hard it is to just go for a walk to get rid of it, sometimes I really can’t even step outside. People don’t understand that it’s a crippling invisible illness. Great blog hun I take my non existent hat off to you 😘 Xxx

  18. Jade Marie

    September 12, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Well said Hun! I still can’t believe we’re having to say this- it’s 2016 for goodness sake!! And thank you muchly *makes a little bow* 😘 xxx

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