The key to my mental health isn't just one thing. It's a combination of many factors all playing an important part in keeping me healthy. Contrary to popular belief, strong mental health isn't just "toughening up," "smiling more," or "staying positive." Let's give the brain a little more credit, it's a far more complex machine than something to solely run on cliché and ignorance.
We all hurt, we all struggle, we all suffer, so why should someone with a mental illness be shamed into a silent closet because they are "weak" or need "toughen up". Is the pain of a broken limb more credible than the pain of a broken upbringing? I was raised believing that physical pain is real and emotional pain is temporary and shouldn't last longer than the time it takes to "shake it off" and "focus on the positive". This wasn't my parents fault, nor was it my friends fault, or my teachers fault, or anyone's fault. It was simply the way things were.