"Everyone you meet asks if you have a career, are married, or own a house as if life was some kind of grocery list but no one ever asks if you are happy - Heath Ledger.
I think one of the biggest problems I have faced is trying to live life like a checklist. Pressuring myself to accomplish all the norms without really slowing down to think if what I was doing was what I actually wanted.
I believe it is an extremely common problem that people don't actually know what does make them truly happy. Not the short term feelings of gratification, but deep rooted true life enjoyment, through ups and downs. Even people who know they are happy have a hard time articulating what it is.
As such, I feel the discussion on mental health should never begin with a problem or a downswing, but should be a constant active dialogue with yourself, friends and family to not only help if you do have troubles, but keep your mind free and focused on the right things. @bellletstalk has it entirely right, keep the discussion channels open all the time!
I've posted a link to my website in progress which has a project Ill work on as I travel, The Happiness Diaries. Through there ill be posting the thoughts of the people I meet on what they believe is happiness. Some share a sentence, some a manuscript, but no one is the same. I hope you read through and are inspired to talk to your friends and family about what it is that brings out the best in your life. And if any of you have insights you'd like to share, I would love to hear!