We may be talking about it more, but mental health can still be a tough and sensitive topic that people struggle to open up about. For anyone going through a bout of poor mental health or a mental illness, it can feel extremely lonely and can put a strain on relationships.
But, often, it's the little pick-me-ups that can feel great, and small gestures of kindness that can help somebody struggling with their mental health.
One woman, who suffers from anxiety and panic attacks, has gone viral after sharing a snap of her boyfriend's homemade gift to her for their anniversary - showcasing his thoughtful and creative way to help her feel better.
Keep scrolling to see the heartfelt gift and how it's helping her get through those difficult days.
Mental health is still a tough topic to open up about.
via: Getty ImagesIt can be hard to open up about how we feel, especially given the history of harmful stereotypes and attitudes towards mental illness.
Though in recent years, we've gotten better at talking about it...
via: Getty ImagesThere's very much still a stigma that's alive and kicking, especially when it comes to illnesses that fall outside of straight-up anxiety or depression.
Depression and anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses experienced by people in the U.S.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to the ADAA, they affect around 40 million adults in the country.
The good news is, anxiety and depression are very treatable.
via: Getty ImagesFrom medication, therapy, and other methods such as meditation, there are several ways to manage the symptoms.
But sadly, many people don't seek any form of treatment.
via: Getty ImagesOnly thirty-seven percent of those suffering receive treatment.
So, it's ever-more important to check in with your friends, partner, and family.
via: Getty ImagesAnd seeing as it's highly likely we all know someone with depression or anxiety, showing someone who is suffering that you care can make a huge difference.
One boyfriend has turned to arts and crafts to show his girlfriend he cares.
Bracey had been dealing with panic attacks and anxiety over the summer.
Rankin has supported her through thick and thin.
They celebrated their second anniversary in July.
He handmade her a personalized prescription bottle filled with “love pills."
Each capsule is filled with a message of love and encouragement.
Overjoyed by the surprise, Bracey posted pics of the gift to Facebook.
The handwritten notes are utterly adorable...
Although Bracey did admit she was a little confused about the gift at first...
via: FacebookSpeaking to HuffPost, she explained that when she first saw the gift, she was “very confused" because she thought Rankin was giving her medication.