Hello everyone! I hope you all are well. In this blog post I want to talk about Mental Health Awareness. It’s May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this week was Mental Health Awareness Week. I talk a lot about mental health here on my blog because it is a very important topic.
For 2017, the study estimates that 792 million people suffer from a mental illness all around the world. So, you’re not alone. Mental health is a very important thing to take care about and prioritise. Mental illnesses are not a bad thing to have, so don’t feel guilty for having a mental illness. Not a lot of people understand that mental illnesses are not a choice to have. We do not choose to be depressed or have anxiety or any other mental illness.
There can be a lot of reasons behind someone's mental illness, for example depression. But sometimes, there’s no reason.
I personally am diagnosed with a panic disorder and some kind of trauma disorder that I can’t remember the name of. I’ve also had symptoms of depression. I have also struggled with self harm. I have been struggling with these things for 6 years, and I have been on medication (and I am still) for 6 years as well. I go to therapy every week and have done that since 2015. My mental illnesses started at the age of 13. And I’m on the recovery journey at the moment. I have been at the lowest point a person can be, but every single time I fall down, I get up stronger. I have also battled with suicidal thoughts and have attempted suicide 4 times.
I am very open about these things, as you might notice. I am not afraid to share my story, my experiences or struggles, because I don’t want to hide it. I want to be open and let everyone know that they aren’t alone.
I am happier than I’ve ever been. It took a very long time, with lots of ups and downs, to get to this point. But I found a purpose, I found love, I found happiness. Because I didn’t give up. And neither should you. I have come a long way, and last month we even reduced my medication! I’m super happy about it, of course. And I want to prove to everyone that everything will be okay. Mental illness is not a choice, but recovery is.
I know that having a mental illness is horrible to have and I know that saying “just think positive” doesn't help at all. But just know that you have the power to change your mindset. It’s your life, you’re in charge of it. Don’t feel stressed or pressured to be happy, because healing from a mental illness takes time. Take your time. Just know that there’s a whole life ahead of you, and it can and will be beautiful.