I made the Say It Hard series of cards because I want to help people to be more open about their mental health struggles. I am bipolar and deal with anxiety and depression. I am open about it, but always find it surprising how stressful it is to bring up my own mental illness. I recently admitted in a job interview that I struggle with my mental health and I ended up getting a job offer the next morning. I went on a podcast and blurted out that I’m bipolar. I believe it’s important to be open about mental health because these illnesses are real and they have a big impact on our ability to live our lives. We deserve love, support, and understanding.

I call the series of cards the Say It Hard cards because I was inspired by the phrase, Do It Scared. I wanted to help people say the hard thing and encourage them to be passionate about mental health awareness. Saying it hard is like saying it with passion, like you’ve got a real boner for the topic. But it’s also about speaking on a difficult topic.

The Say It Hard for Depression card prompts users to describe the difficulty of attending an event when struggling with depression. If you’ve ever missed a gathering because you couldn’t get out of bed, couldn’t stand the thought of socializing, couldn’t possibly act like you’re ok, this card could help start a conversation rather than an argument.

You can download the Say It Hard for Depression card to print for your personal use. This printable card is $4 and proceeds will help me build on this project. Soon many other cards will be available, already printed, and they will address a variety of mental health topics.

If you want to learn more about mental health issues and/or how to support family and friends with mental illnesses, visit NAMI.