World Mental Health Day

October 10th is World Mental Health Day.

Too many chose not to speak publicly and openly because they are afraid of fallout and consequences in their immediate surroundings, both personal and professional. No one should have to fear reprisal for suffering from mental illness. They prefer to remain anonymous for fear of judgment. Unfortunately, we can not bare ourselves without consequences. It’s nice to say that mental illness is like any other disease, but in reality, it is not. Society still judges and condemns far too much.

Feeling emotionally drained, in pain and like it’s just all too much sometimes?

Any behaviour that impedes our way of communicating, which generates our suffering and the inability to lead a normal life, requires a diagnosis and a type of therapeutic strategy capable of resolving the situation. Despite the fact that 1 out of 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, mental health remains one of the most underfunded parts of our health care system.

Most people with mental health conditions live alone with their trying conditions. They seldom have real and appropriate support from the health system, society and individuals.

I am very outspoken when it comes to mental health. I personally suffer and being treated for Anxiety and Depression. I’m doing it to raise awareness for mental health. I’m also speaking about my experience because it’s been proven that when you have a mental health problem, putting words on what you are living is an important step toward recovery.

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” — J.K. Rowling

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Depression, like many other diseases, does not discriminate. Depression can be treated. The first step is talking.

“Stop crying” is a way to tell someone that their feelings are wrong or don’t matter. It’s invalidating as hell and it doesn’t solve anything. No one should ever be told how to feel or what to do with their bodies.

Mental illness disorders are not fun for anyone. You know there is no logical reason for feeling this way and yet, in spite of it all, you do.

Depression is a very debilitating, scary, lonely disease and it is also a very misunderstood disease. Depression turns you into someone who you don’t even know or recognize. Physical pain from depression and anxiety is very real.

“Friendly reminder that “doing your best” does not mean working yourself to the point of a mental breakdown.” – Unknown

Please stop “pill shaming” people who take medication for mental health. Treatment for depression usually involves a combination of drugs, talking therapies and self-help. Treatment is based on the type of depression you have. When you feel low exercise seems to help some people, but it doesn’t work for everyone. Talking through your feelings may also be helpful. You may wish to talk to a friend or relative to start with, but if things don’t get better, please seek up professional help. Depression and Anxiety are treatable and anything that can keep you from hurting, emotionally and physically, is worth looking into.

Our emotions don’t just affect our mental state but our entire body. You are carried away. Overwhelmed, without agency. I was so stressed out that I’d be vomiting and having diarrhoea at the same time.

We need to let it out. It’s therapeutic. The more we avoid our pain and repress our emotions, the more likely our bodies are to rage against us later on, causing further mental and physical health challenges.

I had severe anxiety and depression. There wasn’t an hour in the day or night where I wasn’t worried about someone I love, about work and/or about finances.

You have the right to have emotions, to express them and/or to keep them for yourself.

“You are going to struggle, so you need to surround yourself with people you trust.” – Black Panther

I’ve found that being raw and real about my own struggles has helped others, so I do it for those who haven’t found their voice yet.

If you ever need help, here are some useful resources:

NWT # 1-800-661-0844
BC 1 800 784 2433
Kids helpline 1 800 668 6868
Alberta 403 266 4357
Saskatchewan 306 933 6200
Manitoba 1 855 942 6568
Ontario 1 866 996 0991
Quebec 1 866 277 3553
Newfoundland 1800 737 4668

 

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