Today, July 14, Isabelle Daza posted on IGTV some parts of a talk she did about mental health.
In her talk, she recalls that after giving birth, she received messages from people asking her how she was, as they thought she may be going through postpartum depression. When she asked how they were in return, they started opening up to her about what they were feeling and going through.
“A lot of them are people I care about, relatives and friends who went through depression or were going through something that they couldn’t explain and were too ashamed to talk about [publicly],” Belle said.
Belle also posted snippets of her talk on her Instagram account and captioned it, “So I’m kind of shy or scared to post this ‘cause I don’t look my best, but that’s not the point. I’m sharing this very personal, emotional talk because I want to stand up against the stigma that mental illness is something we should be ashamed about, and also [to talk] about how social media can play a role in developing anxiety and depression.”
She ended her caption with a hashtag of her main message to her viewers and followers: #LetsTalkLetsListen.
She points out that people talk about cancer, that there are fundraisers and communities—amazing support systems—for people battling it. “How come with issues such as mental illness and depression, nobody wants to talk?”
For Belle, talking about mental illness is important because it encourages people to seek help—and they need it, so they shouldn’t be ashamed.
The point of her talk, she says, is to inspire people to talk to someone they love who’s going through something and ask, “Are you okay? I hear you, I feel you, you are not alone. It is okay to be not okay sometimes. We are going to get through this.”
She encourages people to make that connection and to remove the stigma. “[Mental illness] is something to be talked about, and people need to be heard. And maybe we can save a life.”