“Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10 October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.” – Mind.
Today is World Mental Health Day and I think it’s important to speak up about Mental Health to reduce the stigma and raise awareness.
Opening up is something I have learnt to do over the past year. Speaking to friends and family about my ongoing mental health problems was a big step for me.
I’m very lucky to have such supportive people around me and you know who you are – thank you.
Depression and Anxiety – A label.
If you’re looking for a label, this is mine. Well one of them. For the majority of people who know me, they know that I have suffered with severe depression and anxiety for a long time. I’m not going to write in detail about my life and problems but I want to speak up about it as part of the #WorldMentalHealthDay
I try to come across as happy and ‘together’ as much as possible but deep down, often I’m not. It effects every aspect of your life. Your day-to-day happiness, your friendships, relationships, education and work. The majority of days I want to pull the covers over my head and hope that the bad thoughts go away. They usually don’t. If I don’t force myself up in the mornings then my life would truly be a mess.
Some days I feel as I can’t leave the house and others I feel on top of the world. But it’s important to take each day as it comes.
Bloggers such as Grace Victory, my friend Poppy and many others are beginning to write about their mental health on their blogs. I’m hoping this is the start of me being more open and the world being more understanding.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, every 1 to 6 people in the UK suffer from a mental health problem. Check on your friends and family, ask if they are okay. They might just open up.
Hope you enjoyed this post.