This is a mixed viewpoint for me. While I like that there is an entire month dedicated to speaking up, sharing stories and awareness for Mental Health, I worry that for the rest of the year we become complacent because we put our time in during that one month. It’s how I feel about Bell Let’s Talk day, Day of Pink, Red for World Autism Day, White Ribbons for ending violence against women. The list goes on as you know. It’s amazing that we are being supportive but what about the rest of the days – are you thinking about it or going on about your busy life? Obviously you are going to align yourself with causes that have a personal impact. But the fact that mental illness affects 1 in 4 people – chances are it has a personal impact.
For the most part I have a very supportive community. My village is strong, loving, empathetic and if they don’t get what i’m going through they try to understand it. The fact that so many of you are reading and commenting on my posts is evidence of the support you show me everyday. And I want to thank you because it gives me the courage to continue to speak and share and to feel brave and not ashamed of what I’ve gone through.
Today, my family doctor told me that my story is mine. And I get to share it and write it how I want. It doesn’t have to be a story of falling apart, of coming to the brink and failing. But rather it can be a story of struggle, vulnerability, and strength. I like that.
So May is Mental Health Month. I saw something online that said 1 in 4 people battle a mental illness, you can be the 1 that helps. I love that. Start a conversation. Share on your social media. If you don’t understand something, or have questions then ask. I’d rather people ask me about the things I’ve gone through that may seem confusing then shut me out, horrified and shocked about what happened.
For the record. I’m going to keep sharing, and educating and learning. It’s really part of my personal journey and success and I hope it can help others as well.