I absolutely despise the Mental Health stigma. So many people today are "uncomfortable" around it. They just want you to *shut it off* or save it for when you are alone.. but you know what? What they're asking you to do IS NOT NORMAL. People experience a vast range of emotions, all the time! You [we] shouldn't have to hide them. Nowadays, people just expect us to act like robots. Wake up, go to work, go home-and be happy and optimistic while doing it! ***NEWS FLASH*** We are not robots and we are not always happy-and that's okay. I am a huge advocate for normalizing mental health. We are humans, it's okay to be okay and its DEFINITELY okay to not be okay. Don't get me wrong, it can get annoying to hear Debbie from accounting always complaining about her life [PAUSE] IF she isn't doing anything about changing her circumstances. If you need to complain, cry, yell, get upset.. I will hear you out. I will honestly try and help you to the best of my ability or direct you to someone who can. We shouldn't have to do anything alone, but remember that you cannot help those who do not want the help nor do they try and help themselves. So, if you're one of those people who get annoyed when other people show emotions, grow up. You probably suppress yours or cannot connect/relate, but it isn't their fault. You can kindly listen or tell them that you wish you could help but have no idea how. Or, if you are one of those people who have went/are going through hard times and want to talk about it, heed others' advice (as long as it isn't harmful of course). No one likes to try and help someone to only see that they wasted words and that person didn't follow through or try and help themselves.
This is a big issue in the military. Yes its the big & bad military, but people need to remember-we're all humans FIRST. No, not everyone is your friend, that Colonel over there probably doesn't want to talk about everyone's problems, but it wouldn't kill anyone to ask "Hey, how are you", or say "Hey, you are doing a great job! Keep up the good work".
Just my two cents :)