I don’t see the issue either.
“Coping methods are personal choices, so I’m going to come out and say it: people need to stop criticizing others for how they cope with mental illness. As long as the coping methods aren’t hurting the people who use them or others, I don’t see the issue. Although I’m sure some are trying to joke around, when you ridicule the very tools people use to get through tough moments, it has a negative impact on those with mental illness and contributes to stigma.”
It amazes me how we can all be unique individuals, and that can be applauded in our choices of hobbies, fashion, lifestyles, etc. but somehow there is only one “right” way to cope with mental health issues.
Why would anyone think that was the case when we are all so unique in every other way? What works for me, may not work for you. What works for both of us, may not work for your friend.
That is to be expected, really. So whatever taking care of yourself looks like for you, do it.