Sorry for the post bombardment but I thought this one was important.
I’ve had almost 20 people reach out since I wrote my blog posts. People you’d think we’re entirely happy and people you’d think have their shit together big time. Any they’re all struggling. First of all, you’re not alone!
I don’t get it. If it’s so bloody fashionable to be healthy and wellness is such a buzz word – why is mental health still such an embarrassment?
The thing is. People are reaching out, which shows that there’s work to be done. This isn’t because they’re strange or because they have major issues. It’s because mental health is still such a major taboo. But why?
People are walking around feeling crap and not getting it sorted because there is a stigma. That’s like there being a stigma around cancer and people walking around not telling anyone they’ve got it. How isolating and lonely would that be…?
First of all – if you thought you had cancer, or any other illness, you’d tell someone because you’d want to catch it early. So don’t leave your mental health to fester.
If you had another illness – would you be ashamed of your diagnosis? Would you think people thought you were weak because it chose you?
Finally. Mental illness is just as serious and often fatal as any other illness. If it’s left untreated it can become very serious. Get disgnosed and reach out. The only thing to be afraid of is not confronting it. You think you feel bad and that addressing it could make it worse. Trust me leaving it will make you feel worse.
And if you want to talk about it. Literally just shout. DM me or whatever. And if you think I’m a knob, then DM one of your friends you trust and send them this link so they can understand.
There is no shame in getting help. Getting help saved me. And it’s something I’m extremely proud of. If you feel crap I guarantee you’ll feel that same sense of pride for getting it sorted one day not too far away.