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June: A Month of Truth    

June: A Month of Truth

Artwork by FISK

While June is a month about Truth, we want to be extremely clear that the Truth that this country is grappling with is the ongoing, pervasive, historical, and systematic racism that continues to plague the United States. While there are many things encompassed with the word Truth, some discussed below, please know we are continuing to be focused on this ultimate Truth as well. If you have not check out our Resource already, please do. We will be continuing to update it. Take care of yourselves.

The below conversation took place on May 24, 2020.

BY MEADOWLARK MONAGHAN & MASON SPECTOR

MASON: Yo meadow! It's the start of another month believe it or not. 

MEADOW: Helllooo! And what a PACKED month it was! I’m so happy with how the Mental Health Daily got people talking more. How do you feel the month went?

MASON: Truly. I thought it was awesome. So cool to see people speaking up from all over the world and expressing themselves. I really liked how there was no right or wrong way for people so share. Some posted pictures, some posted videos. Some wrote one word answers and others wrote paragraphs. It was truly inspiring and I hope people continue to open up and share how they are feeling all year round not just in May.

MEADOW: Absolutely! I even saw a couple art pieces come in as folks were expressing themselves and their answers too! Hopefully May was the catalyst to the conversations that just keep growing as the year goes on. Speaking of which, this month’s theme feels like the perfect transition out of awareness to me. Want to tell the people our June word since it is your birthday month ;)

MASON: Lol way to put me on blast. As good as May was, all good things must come to an end. And I am excited for June and what we are going to be talking about. Our word of the month for June is...Truth.

MEADOW: Truth!! I love that this word is next because it feels like May was an opportunity for folks to open up about their experiences, or dip their toes into owning their mental health, and now June is for them to preach their truth or come into their truths even further. Plus, it’s Pride month! So there is a lot to be said about owning our truths this month. What do you think of when you hear “truth”?

MASON: Exactly! Such a good transition for people who really want to continue on their mental health journey from last month. When I think of truth I think about how it applies to everyone. No one is exempt from it. We all have our own truth that we must live and accept. It almost makes me think of the word acceptance. Our truth is something that we have to learn to accept. Oftentimes our truth isn't something that we can control or dictate, it is unexplainable and almost mysterious in a way. A combination of things that make up who and why we are. Does that make sense?

MEADOW: Totally. I definitely feel the connection between truth and acceptance. I also feel like since we can’t control or dictate it, it also is privy to change as we live and grow. I think that’s something a little understated about truth is that your truth can change depending on the experiences you encounter along the way and how you learn to grow and define within those experiences. Truth seems like something that should be absolute when in fact, in today’s day and age, it’s extremely subjective. Which leads me to ask questions like does the “truth” matter? Everyone has their own perception of their own “truth” anyway so is there an absolute or one “truth”? You know I can get so tangential here but you know what i mean?

MASON: Thats crazy to think about. I think we have to be clear with everyone that we are talking about truth as it pertains to us as individuals and who we are. There are so many other versions of truth, as in facts, that are entirely objective and absolute. We aren’t talking about anything like that. 

When it comes to owning our own truth and answering your question I think the answer is yes and no. If you care about it, and feel like you have been put down in any way for living your truth, then yes I could see it mattering a lot to you. If you are someone who has never thought twice about it or ever had to acknowledge it then you might not even know what we're talking about, and you probably aren’t even reading this right now lol.

MEADOW: Lol @ the subtle shade. Oh and great clarification. I meant truth in a purely, individual, existential way. The mental health way haha. Not referring to the many objective truths that absolutely exist and matter. 

So in that case, what is a truth that you have had to come to terms with?

MASON: The first thing that I think of is depression. Being someone who feels depressed a lot and just the truth of owning that. Accepting that for whatever reason, I am someone who feels sad a lot and that’s okay. Early in my teenage years that was something that I kept trying to fight and ignore but it wasn’t until I owned that truth about myself that I was able to even begin to work on it. 

What’s something for you?

MEADOW: Oh that’s a beautiful example. And true! Haha 

You know I’m really wracking my brain here. I think there are a lot of experiences I’ve had in my life that have caused me to take a second to “re-adjust”, if you will. I’d say the most recent one that comes to mind is the truth that right now, I’m better on antidepressants. That was a hard pill for me to swallow (I’m full of puns today). I think there is still so much stigma around medication and I was really feeling that at first. Once I accepted the truth of my own chemical makeup and what works best for me, regardless of outside opinion, I owned it as part of my self care.

MASON: That's awesome. And doesn't it feel so much better to just own it and not feel any shame around it? Like this is something that helps me feel better. That's it. There shouldn't be anything else to think or say after that. 

I hope that we can inspire other people to share or explore their own truths this month. I’m super excited about the stories that we are going to tell and the people that we are going to feature this month.

MEADOW: Exactly - that’s it! Period!!

I agree! I can’t wait to see the stories we get to showcase and to use our platform to allow others to preach their truths. With that being said, let’s gooo!

MASON: Let’s do it! And I guess while we're here let's mention that we hope everyone is still remaining safe, optimistic and practicing social distancing!