ON October 11, 2016

#WorldMentalHealthDay

#WorldMentalHealthDay

Happy Tuesday.

I came across the hashtag #WorldMentalHealthDay¬†on Twitter today and I knew I had to write something about it. Usually I’ll hear about it, roll my eyes and let it pass – I absolutely loathe “International Women’s Day”, no it’s not empowering.. – But today is different. Today is about raising awareness to something still so stigmatised. Today is talking about mental issues openly without shame, guilt or fear. Today is the beginning of what everyday should look like.

Imagine you slipped and landed on your ankle. It hurts. You know something’s wrong, you know it’s not how it’s supposed to be but you don’t dare to tell anyone. Because you’re ashamed, because you don’t want to admit it happened to you, because you definitely don’t want to admit you can’t fix it on your own and you might have to go to a doctor.

Imagine that. It doesn’t make sense… You probably already know where I’m going. Yes that is how I’ve been feeling the past months – years – . I slipped and didn’t want to admit it. Even now while writing this, I’ve been wanting to close and delete the draft because I don’t want to admit it. That only proves how important posts like these are.¬†That’s how much we need it.

The most frustrating part about mental health issues is that you know you’re not alone. Yet you feel so lonely. It becomes a vicious circle before you realise it. And it’s so important to take action as soon as possible. Know that no matter how long you wait, how long you deal with it, it’s never too late. Even when it feels like there’s no way out, there is. My anxiety started when I was 14. It took me 6 years to realise it’s okay to feel the way I feel. It’s okay to admit I need professional help and yes it is okay to fall apart, as long as you pick yourself back up.

Talk, feel, know you’re not the only one and pick yourself back up.

A ship is safe at harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.

– William G.T. Shedd

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