So tomorrow is the start of mental health awareness week, for me it is such an important week because even though mental health is being talked about a lot more there is still so much more to do. What I mean by that is the fact that there is still a hell of a lot of stigma the different mental health conditions, which is the worst thing because they don’t seem to understand how much it impacts on people.
It’s been a long old road for me to coming off medication, and I’ve officially been off meds for about 4 months now, but I am only getting round to writing this post now because it is still a little bit of a sore subject for me, mainly because I still feel like I’m struggling with my mental health. Not in a horrendous way, but sometimes I do get emotional for no reason and I just feel like I’m going backwards, when I’m not I’m just having a bad day.
We all have bad days, however when you struggle with your mental health honestly it can even more difficult. However there are things that help me to feel more at ease and just to feel more comforted overall. Does this sound like the kind of thing that you need right now? Then chill out with this blog post & let’s have a good read!
It is okay. Honestly. I have some difficulty coming to terms with these few words, and many a time I have actually broken down because I used to feel like there was something wrong with me if I wasn’t happy around people and that I always had to be happy all the time. There isn’t a need constantly to put on this mask for the world, it might seem easier to just put this mask on and to tell the world where to go but you don’t need to. I am still learning everyday to accept that but if you’re feeling this right now then you need this post.
I have talked very openly about my mental health and I’ve always tried my best to make sure I raise awareness for mental health, I think it is so important to get rid of the stigma that is out there because so many of us will go through something to do with mental health. So what are some of the things that you should never say to someone who is struggling with depression?
As most people will know, talking about mental health is something that is very close to my heart, and I think it is definitely important to speak about mental health more, because 1 in 4 of us will be diagnosed with mental illness. If 1 in 4 of us end up struggling with mental health, then why is there such a lack of understanding or knowledge around everything to do with mental health?
Lately life feels like it’s been passing me by, I mean honestly, how is it November already? How is nearly 2016? It is ridiculous. This post is me taking a step back for a moment and realising how far I’ve come. As you probably know, I have struggled with anxiety, depression & agoraphobia, (I’ve previously talked about my self harm story, my depression and my anxiety) and lets be honest it has been one of the most difficult battles I have ever fought.
Looking back though, I’ve realised that through it all, it has made me a stronger person, I have learned things that I never thought I could, I understand myself more and not only that I know that I can face anything and come out of it a stronger person!