Thursday, 14 May 2015

Talkative Thursday - mental health awareness week

Hi everyone, this week's talkative Thursday is an important topic to me. It is mental health awareness week from the 11-17th of May. I have seen a lot of articles online regarding this and I have seen many selfies online showing everyone what someone with mental health looks like. Below is a picture of myself, wearing my finest pyjamas!

For those who do not know, I have suffered with depression for 7 years and I suffer with paranoia and GAD, generalised anxiety disorder. I will not go through the ins and outs of what I have experienced due to triggering the emotions of others. I would like to talk about this in more detail but this blog, for me, is not the place to do so.

As self conscious as I am due to bullying all throughout school and even in recent times I have had strangers say horrible things to me, particularly about my weight, spreading the awareness of mental health issues is really important to me, which is why I have posted the picture above. As shown above, there are no visible signs of my mental health problems. The worst things people say to me that make me feel even worse is saying "cheer up" or "we all have bad days". This really frustrates me as it is not just having a bad day, I wake up feeling like this every single day. The feelings I have never go away completely, some days are better when I dislike myself less, but it is still there, lurking in the background.

For someone who has no experience of mental health, the best thing you can do is read about it, read about some symptoms of mental health issues, MIND is a particularly good website for this. Also read some blog posts, from people who experience mental health issues. Reading literature would not take a very long time, but can give the insight that is needed for those who know very little about mental health problems.

I would like to end on the note that we do not choose to suffer with mental health conditions, they are very much a real and not very understood thing. I hope in the future more research is undertaken to learn a lot more about mental health problems. I also hope there is less stigma attached to mental health, this has improved in the past years but is still very much a problem.

I would also like to apologise for the lack of posts, it has been a hard time for myself and my family, but I am going to be blogging more in the upcoming weeks!

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