Lot 48: mental health awareness day

October 10, 2018

mental health awareness day

mental health is really important to me.  mental illness has been at the center of my life for literally as long as i can remember.  a lot of people i've loved have battled with this silent killer.  

mental illness and disorders are so common and yet nobody wants to talk about it.  it is extremely personal and although when we battle with this beast and it isn't our fault, it still feels like it is, causing us to feel embarrassed to admit we are affected by this.

when this disease affects you, it turns everything upside down.  you don't know what to think, what's real and what's not, what front what's back.  everything is topsy-turvy.  a lot of that is a chemical imbalance, genetics, and surroundings.  having a chemical imbalance is not your fault. even if that isn't the case, being depressed is not your fault.  its a dark cloud that suffocates you and you can't just "snap out of it." its okay to not be okay.  

if you go to my instagram i shared some stats as well as my favorite quote on depression.  this is a REAL thing that affects so many people.  so many people i love.  and the worst part is we often don't know who is suffering.  even worse than that, when we do know, its really hard to help.  mental illness is an extremely lonely disease that is very isolating.  its the kind of thing where you have to be the person to get help.  you can listen to the afflicted talk as long as they'd like, that helps.  but the road to recovery is often a long one, and a lonely one.  

my advice for those who have loved ones affected by this disease is to just be there in any way you can.  be there physically, over the phone, send them their favorite things every once and a while to brighten their day.  just try to listen but don't push too hard. that can often have the opposite effect than you'd want. 

if you are struggling, I AM HERE.  email me, send me a message on instagram. leave a comment, whatever.  i won't judge, i won't tell you to shake it off.  i have been where you are, i know what its like.  oh boy oh boy, do i know what its like. there are several places you can reach out if you google, such as mental health america but if you google you can find a place closer to you.  

you are never EVER alone.  you've got me.  

i'm not going to sign off by telling you to stay strong.  i'm going to sign off by encouraging you to reach out to others, and if you are on the other side of it, to reach out to me if you have no one, or to reach out to someone.  

there is NOTHING to be ashamed of.  i got you.  

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