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Mental health affects everyone in some way. Because there are so many people who don’t understand it, it leads to many misconceptions about it. It is essential to encourage those who aren’t as educated on the topic to take the time to learn and begin positive dialogue surrounding mental health. It’s okay to talk about it.

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By gaining understanding of how the brain works, you can learn how disorders are developed. Most scientists believe that mental illnesses results from problems with the communication between neurons in the brain (neurotransmission – meaning nerves sending signals!). For example, the level of the neurotransmitter serotonin (a chemical that regulates mood and behaviour) is lower in individuals who have depression.

Talking about mental health doesn’t have to be taboo. Open dialogue helps everyone heal. Maintaining a helmindful approach is crucial when helping others.