Human. We are all human.
Each one of us are affected by the daily happenings of our lives. At times we get used to the chaos and try to explain away the feelings we have, or push them aside. Every feeling we experience is valid, and we are deserving humans to express it, and feel it in a safe way. When we can do this connection, kindness and empathy come into our lives in such a way that we can begin to send some outward.
Below is a real and raw glimpse into a brave soul who hopes to spread kindness and support to those who need it.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. – H.K.
Mental Health Matters
(Shared with permission from the Author)
With our country (and world) in so much chaos right now, mental health can be easily overlooked. Whether your friend, sibling, parent, or even yourself struggles with a mental illness, when life gets crazy, we can overlook how much pain we or they are in until it becomes so unbearable.
This may not be the case for everyone, but I know this is how I feel. I am a teenager and I suffer from Clinical Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and clinical obsessive-compulsive disorder. At the beginning of the pandemic I felt alone, sad, anxious, and even angry, as I bet many of us felt. I let my feelings spiral out of control until I was so terrible inside, I couldn’t take it anymore and I snapped. I spent some time at an Adolescent Inpatient Facility.
If you struggle with a mental illness, you shouldn’t be ashamed. You are strong, brave, and you matter.
I know you may not need my whole story, but I figured I would let you know so you can understand why I’m writing this. Mental health has impacted me most of my life, but it has impacted me a lot heavier these past few months. There is such a stigma around having some sort of mental health “disorder”, but why? I didn’t choose to have Depression, Anxiety, or OCD.
One in four people will encounter a mental disorder or disorders. So why is it that we can’t talk about this without feeling embarrassed, or less-than to someone who may not struggle with it? Twenty five percent of people are going through something right alongside you, but when you’re at your lowest, or even a high point you still feel alone. Mental health matters.
As a society, we don’t support one another to begin with, but we need to. Treatments are available to everyone, but two thirds of people with a known mental health disorder don’t seek treatment. This is because of discrimination, shame, embarrassment, stigma, and even neglect.
Can you imagine how many people who don’t know they have a mental disorder are struggling out there with no help? No one wants to tell people that they are hurting. If you struggle with a mental illness, you shouldn’t be ashamed. You are strong, brave, and you matter.
Next time you need help, tell someone. Next time you see someone who needs help, ask them if everything is okay. We are in this together. Mental health matters. You matter.
Wherever you are in your journey, know that there are those out there who are with you.
Wishing you well.