Monday, 10 October 2016

World Mental Health Day

Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it's not there. Click to read more about world mental health day.

Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it's not there.


Several. That is the answer to how many times I have had my voice heard on mental health in the national press this year. One of them being The Guardian, today, on World Mental Health Day. 


If you had told me that over a year ago I'd have a relatively successful blog surrounding mental health, that I would have strangers approach me on the street, telling me they are in awe of me, thanking me for sharing my writing with them, opening up to thousands, millions, the world...I would've laughed in your face.

Tell a lie. I would've cowered away while looking at the floor, nail biting. 

Today I am a different person. And that is because I've finally told the stigma behind mental health to go away, politely.


Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it's not there.   Several. That is the answer to how many times I have had my voice heard on mental health in the national press this year. One of them being The Guardian, today, on World Mental Health Day.


You are not weak because you have a mental illness, nor are you totally mad, crazy or bonkers. It scares me that still today, there are people out there who believe the M word is simply another term for lunatic. 

Don't get me wrong, as the year's pass, mental health is finally becoming something people talk about, with the likes of The Guardian covering it. But we are yet to diminish the stigma behind it completely. 

When I began talking about my issues, or struggles, as I prefer to call them, I was scared. I was petrified that I would lose friends or that people would believe I'm insane. I was concerned that no man could ever love me if they knew what was going on in my mind. I was worried it would put me in a box that I would never escape from. The 'Oh, she's such an attention seeker!' or 'You don't have anxiety or depression, you're just nervous and miserable.' suffocating box I feel sick even thinking about.

Anxiety and depression are not attractive, and as I have said before, it doesn't make you mysterious like Effy from skins. I come across Tumblr posts romanticising mental health. Oh, how cute it is to be crazy, right? No. These images are of beautiful girls with perfect makeup, glossy skin and brushed hair with a quote like ' I hate myself.' printed across the middle.

I wish I had the motivation to brush my hair or paint my nails, but the truth is, I'm far too busy ACTUALLY hating myself to do so. 

I don't want this to seem like I am passive aggressive. I just don't want people to be afraid anymore. Who the hell knows what normal is? We are all normal in our own way and there is nothing wrong with that. 

I will never stop raising awareness on the stigma of Mental Health until we are all talking about. I am not doing this for me; I am doing it for you. The amount of people that have approached me since being open with my feelings has been overwhelming, and it leaves me in shock that over half of these people are ones I believe I know well, whom I would've never assumed were suffering.

It breaks my heart; It honestly hurts knowing sufferers are staying silent because of an ignorant person's opinion. 

Today, I have realised I am apart of something big. I am changing the world and helping people live their lives to the greatest extent.

In the words of Keith Scott (One Tree Hill Lover...) It gets better.That pain in your stomach, that pain in your heart, it goes away. That voice in your head that's saying there's no way out, it's wrong. It gets better.

"Today you are you; that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you."

Stop hurting yourself. You are human. Love & take care of yourself

xoxo



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