So today, I am going to write a short, slightly personal post. As many of you are probably aware, today is World Mental Health day.
This day is so important for so many reasons.
1 in 4 people suffer with mental health problems in their lifetime, which is a staggering and scary statistic. Mental Health problems are so common nowadays, yet there is still a stigma surrounding these issues. This day, is about removing that stigma.
Luckily, we have come a long way in terms of mental health issues. The world has never been as accepting as it is now, and this is fantastic progress. Many celebrities have been great spokespeople for mental health issues, with many sharing their experience to help others; Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Davina McCall, Zoella and Stephen Fry to name a few. Also, the Royal Family are excellent advocates for mental health.
I, myself, have severely suffered with anxiety problems. This is not something I am ready to talk about so openly on the internet, but I want people that suffer to know that it is possible to overcome any hurdle.
No matter what you are struggling with, the key to overcoming any mental health problems you may have, is to know that you are not alone. This happens to many of us within our lifetime, and there are many ways you can seek help.
There is nothing to be ashamed about; your mental health issues are not a reflection of you or anything that you have done wrong. So many people now seek help for it everyday, you are not the only person that is struggling with this, and you will not be the only person asking for help.
You may feel that you are at your lowest point, but the best way to think about it, is that now you can only go up.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain” – Unknown.
What I have learnt from my experience, is that it will get better. Never give up.
We need to raise awareness about these issues. Let’s make seeking help for mental health issues as easy as it would be seeking help for a common cold.
If you or someone you know is suffering, please contact your GP or visit http://www.mind.org.uk/
If any of you on here read this who struggle, I am always here to talk to you. Please always feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for reading 🙂