Hi so I thought I would use this platform to write a book about my ramblings. First off let me introduce myself - because my life sounds perfect . I am a mum to three beautiful children, a wife to the most wonderful husband ever, I thought I had my dream job while studying further. I moved from South Africa to the UK. I have indoor pet bunnies that help me smile on a daily basis.
For most of my life, I’ve struggled with multiple mental health illnesses -- from depression and anxiety to anorexia and attention deficit disorder. And then some. As I got older, I realized how misunderstood these illnesses are and how many people feel uncomfortable talking about them. Because mental health has always been a part of my life, I’ve never felt uncomfortable talking about my illnesses, but rather felt ashamed and overwhelmed. And today, I am no longer ashamed. I’ve accepted all of my diagnoses and openly talk about them. Mental illnesses are not something to be ashamed of or feel uncomfortable talking about. Recently, I took the steps to continue raising awareness and supporting mental health.
This morning, I received a text from a friend asking me to call her. I'm just like most millennials and prefer texting, but this was one of my yarn friends. We haven't been able to knit together in almost 3 months. I miss my peeps. So I gave her a call and I'm so glad that I did. For privacy purposes, I’m going to call her Joan.
Millions of users on social media platforms support the hashtag stay home (I do too). There are quotes, memes, pictures, and videos about the benefits of staying at home. For instance, engaging in family time, cooking at home meals, family game nights, focusing on self-care, or becoming an entrepreneur.
Converse with various experts, clinical, look into, anthropological, biochemical, and mental, and you'll find various solutions about what causes discouragement. Indeed, even the "compound unevenness" hypothesis is suspect, despite the fact that it's the most widely recognized, in light of the fact that exploration currently shows that cerebrum science can be affected by evolving thinking, conduct and mindfulness; which makes it a "which starts things out" question.
If you know me or have followed my journey here on Vocal or via social media, you know that I struggle with multiple mental health illnesses, and I’m doing okay right now. For most of you, it probably seems like I’ve been okay for most of my life. Now, if you REALLY know me, and most don’t, you’d know that I’ve thought about committing suicide more than once. As mental health awareness month comes to an end, I felt inspired to share a story with you that not many know.
When someone you know and care about is struggling with addiction, it can be difficult to deal with. Not only can it be painful to watch them struggle, but it can also be hard to know what you should do to help them, too. That doesn't mean, though, that there's nothing you can do. Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding to seek help for a loved one dealing with addiction.
There’s no question that the mental health of students in public education needs to be taken seriously. Poor mental health can affect grades, participation, cause substance abuse, and can cause even more serious problems down the line, such as depression. However, one group of kids are often brushed off when it comes to their mental health: LGBTQA+ students. LGBTQA+ students in the public education system are more susceptible to bullying, harassment, and even suicidal thoughts due to their sexuality/gender expression. In this essay, I would like to highlight the common problems LGBTQA+ students face in their day-to-day lives during adolescence and how school administrators, staff, and counselors can help improve and prevent mental health issues.
Everyone experiences pain in their life and some experience more than others. But what's important is how we deal with that pain and how we use those traumatic events to help better ourselves as we try to heal and move forward. When we are faced with difficult circumstances we tend to revert to things that make us feel comfortable because we are trying to avoid that stressful feeling, whatever that may be. Many turn to drinking, drugs, food, toxic people, or environments when things aren't going the way you wanted them to go. Your original plan took a detour, now your stuck in this toxic headspace and don't know how to get out. It sucks, but it's also comfortable in a way because you're avoiding things that you're afraid of. This isn't benefiting you in anyway, but you also don't really care. You don't want to feel like this because it's painful so you try your best to pull yourself out of that negative headspace without completely destroying your mental health and wellbeing. I know its hard. I deal with it almost everyday.
Wendy, my therapist, does healing like magic. Yet I can’t help but wanting to walk out. Running away from place to place, one person to another, is what I have trained myself to do in my almost thirty years of life. Wendy is the reason why I want to be rooted even in the smallest ways.