Mental illness can come out of nowhere and affect anyone at any time. So if you are thinking it’s never going to affect you, there’s a good chance you are wrong.
Unfortunately, it’s because people think that mental illnesses only affects other people, or think they can overcome it by themselves that people don’t come forward and don’t seek help. There is a tremendous pain in silence and it doesn’t solve anything.
It’s like saying only the week get a broken leg and when your leg gets broken, you hide and keep it to yourself thinking that you are strong enough to fix it by sucking it up. It simply doesn’t work that way.
Mental illness is not something people should be ashamed of. We need to end the stigma that surrounds mental health and illnesses and start treating it the same way we do with physical health and illnesses.
Asking for help does not mean you are weak and is nothing to be ashamed of. You are not alone, not by a long shot.
I’ve had conversations with people who refuse to seek help when they clearly need it, telling me that they are strong enough to overcome it themselves. I would look at them in the eyes and ask if they thought I was weak for taking medicine that helps me deal with my anxiety disorder and depression. Usually, they jump to reassure me that they don’t and on the contrary say that they are proud of me. So why is it okay for me to seek help and not for you. Why are you being more severe on yourself than you are to your friends? Why do you fight stigma for me, but apply it to yourself?
Seeking help by opening up about my struggle with my doctor help me get my life back. Please don’t let fear and pride get in the way of getting the help that you know you need.
Having a mental illness does not make you weak, it does not make you weird. It doesn’t mean that you failed. It doesn’t mean that you are insane. You are human. We are all humans. The human body gets ill. You have the right to seek the help you need and to be surrounded by those who will help you through
Know that you are loved and you are so much stronger than you think.
Here are some resources:
- Healthy Minds Canada
- Mental Health & Wellness Canada
- Mental Health & Wellness Canada – First Nation and Inuit Health
- Mental Health Commission of Canada
- Mental Health Helpline Ontario, Canada
- Myths about Antidepressants