World Mental Health Day 2017.

If any of you follow me on any other social media's are have read my previous blog posts, you will have noticed how I have started openly talking about mental health a lot more. This is because it is a big part of my life now and therefore, I have realised the struggle and lack of professional help in some instances and the mistakes I may have made in the past to others that suffer. These are all things I have only realised by being a sufferer myself.  Therefore, I felt that World Mental Health Day 2017 was a perfect time for us to come together once again to discuss such an important topic. 

The thing with mental health is that a lot of mental health issues overlap and intertwine and this is something I have witnessed first hand. I was diagnosed with one mental health problem and now it has crossed into something else and I am having to see someone else about that. I will say that I have been a lot better in one sense because for months anything that caused me stress was out of my life, i.e. university. This does not mean through that time I was suffering any less, it just meant factors that may have heightened it weren't around to effect it. What it does mean, is that most, if not all, my days were spent hiding in the house and not really socialising. 

What I have found is that talking about it can make all the difference. I do not mean go and talk to every person you come across but pick the people you think may understand. I was always sceptical about voicing my struggles to people outside of my family but it has been one of the best things I've done because otherwise I would of just avoided seeing my friends. My friends have been understanding, I still see them but they understand my moods may change and I may just want to go back to somewhere safe at any point but they understand that it is out of my control, unfortunately. I am fortunate in the fact that my family have been ridiculously supportive and have helped me to access the support that has helped me the most. 

Whilst I was at university I would make sure I went and saw the Mental Health Advisor every single week. She offered me not just someone to talk to but she helped me gain extensions on coursework and help me survive second year basically. Through summer I went and visited a therapist/counsellor who I am still seeing and they are providing me with coping strategies and just helping me to still live my life how I want to. 

Mental health does unfortunately still have a stigma attached to it and I believe that stigma is what makes people who do suffer more apprehensive about admitting they are struggling. I, myself have received comments like oh cheer up or you'll get over it, or even had people smirk and laugh when you do try and disclose your problems. People don't understand and unless you have suffered, people do not understand it because we aren't all educated about it. I do believe it should be taught at schools and people should be made aware so that individuals out there do not feel alone because believe me, more people struggle than you will ever believe so you are far from being alone. 

Please remember you ARE strong. You ARE enough and you CAN get through this. 
Let's try on World Mental Health Day to make a difference and to end the stigma.

Show your love and support in the comments, incase anyone out there needs to see that they are not alone. 

Much love 

x

Incase any of you need it:
Samaritans: https://www.samaritans.org  116123
Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk 0300 123 3393
Rethink:  www.rethink.org 0300 5000 927
Sane: www.sane.org.uk 0845 767 8000

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  1. I agree with you. Having support from family and friends is key. Also the fact that you can talk about is part of an internal cleansing process. It takes a lot of guts to do that. I believe that by doing so in your blog you are also encouraging others to talk about it. So, I am glad you have the courage and talk about it and share and support others. Anyone can be a victim of them. Finally, I love the meaninf of your tattoo :)


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    1. Thank you so much for this comment, it is the loveliest thing ever! I believe it is tough to understand fully unless you've been through it but that does not mean you have to be alone! By talking and sharing we are stopping the stigma. Thank you, I love my tattoo so much and the whole movement is such a lovely thing! X

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  2. It's definitely so important to talk to someone, even if you think nobody cares and nobody will listen. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and force yourself to do it, even if it's hard. A support network can make such a massive difference x

    Alice www.accordingtoalicex.com

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