Free Mental Health Valentine's Day Cards

One in 4 people will be affected by mental health issues during their life, yet according to the CDC only 25% of those people feel that others are compassionate and sympathetic toward them.1 It’s no secret that there’s a serious stigma attached to mental illness, but isn’t it time we changed that?

This Valentine’s Day, we’ve put together 4 printable cards to show that special someone just how much you care and support them. Click any of the cards or links below to download and print the PDFs:

In the meantime, what if people treated a physical illness like a mental illness? “Oh, you’re feeling depressed? Just shake it off; it’s all in your head. Can you imagine saying that to somebody with a broken leg,” says author and psychologist Guy Winch. “Oh, just walk it off; it’s all in your leg.” Dr. Winch, who is the author of the recently published How to Fix a Broken Heart (2018)  believes we should care for our mental health as routinely as we care for our physical health.

If we prioritized caring for our mental health the way we do our physical health there would be less stigma associated with it and it would become easier to discuss. Another problem with talking about mental health is a lack of empathy and knowledge about the various disorders. Take anxiety, for instance. Many people feel anxious from time to time, especially during times of stress, but Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is more than the normal anxiety people experience day to day. It can be difficult to understand the chronic and debilitating nature of the anxiety someone diagnosed with GAD experiences. Asking, “But, what do you have to be anxious about?”  indicates a lack of understanding as people with GAD are trapped by a long-lasting anxiety that is not caused by one situation or object.

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We often want to help those we see suffering but don’t know what to say or even how to broach the subject. Some of us are worried that we’ll say the wrong thing. We don’t want to offend a loved one or make the person feel uncomfortable. But here’s the thing: sometimes the problem may not be choosing the wrong words; the problem may be that we’re not choosing any words at all. But not talking about mental health challenges at all isn’t the way to solve our problems or bring us closer to understanding the struggles.

Never be afraid to show you care about those you love who you think are in need. A few simple words can turn someone’s day around. So, try reaching out to someone struggling with their mental health this Valentine’s day. Let them know you’re there for them with one of our free, printable Valentine’s Day cards available for download now.

 

 

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Last Updated: Feb 13, 2018