Hello all! I hope you’ve had a satisfying Saturday and are feeling reasonably positive In yourself! However, if your day didn’t turn out how you planned, Why not reflect upon something that happened today, no matter how small and take that as a positive part of your day! For example, I was at work today and I had a few lovely customers who wished me a great day and also smiled. This is something so small, yet so lovely to have present in your day.
Now before now, I have written a post about Self harm awareness and I think that some readers really took something from that post and therefore I felt like I had made a difference. I feel like talking about Mental Health is just as important as talking about Self harm. If you are out there and suffer from a mental problem, remember that you are a person, not a mental problem, no matter what anyone else says.
Now who has seen or personally experienced someone saying “But you don’t seem depressed” or “Oh my god, you look anorexic!” I think people out there should be reminded that mental disorders are not adjectives. Instead of using such a strong word like a mental disorder, think of the impact your words may have on others. I think every single person is fighting some sort of battle that we have no idea about. You may past someone in the school corridor who is fighting depression, or helped a girl who fell over who actually suffers from an eating disorder. We have no idea about what an individual may be experiencing.
I have a friend who suffers from anxiety. Some people may think that anxiety is “stupid” or “annoying” but did you know that Social Anxiety can cause somebody to feel like everything is closing in on them and everybody is staring at them and it seems harder and harder to cope with what is being thrown at them. Social events such as a concert is something to really look forward to, however ones who experience anxiety can feel the complete opposite. As the days draw nearer, they may suffer from panic attacks or loss of sleep and a lot of overthinking. Whilst we feel excited to attend a concert, others may be aching to do something like that but sadly, their social anxiety restricts them from doing things we find so “easy”. Keep that in mind.
Many people who have to live with such a difficult disorder may ask themselves “How can I go forward when I don’t know which way I am facing?”. The answer to that is with support and guidance from others who can give you the reassurance that Everything will be okay! I promise you that you can fight this monstrous mental disorder. Depression can be described as a dark, gloomy creature that fills you with this isolation and sadness. Did you know that one of my Idols, J.K Rowling suffered from depression? In Harry Potter, the dementors represented depression. There is a light at the end of the tunnel! I mean, look at Rowling now? Instead of finding humour in this, why not offer support and sympathy?
I would just like to inform you of a Charity called “Off the Record” that works with 11-18 year olds that may suffer from self harm or experience mental disorder. The charity has been designed with the help of young people to promote and improve your mental health and wellbeing, and all of them are delivered by a team of super friendly staff and volunteers. If you are somebody who needs to talk or you simply just want some understanding of what they exactly do, visit their website: http://www.otrbristol.org.uk/ I think that this Charity is the precise destination for when you seek help and guidance. If what they offer sounds entirely useful to you, why not contact them for more information? They also provide a clear understanding on Mental Health and have explanations on focused Mental disorders such as Depression.
Please don’t give up. I really believe in you. I know that putting on a false smile every day can be hard but sometimes, it’s okay not to be okay. Help is out there for those that need it.
Mental Health disorders effect 1 in 4 people. I feel like more people should be educated on what mental disorders actually are and therefore that may stop the “banter” that actually insults mental disorders.
She had people saying “It’s all in your head” but do you think she honestly chooses to feel this way? Depression is an illness, not a weakness. The more people know about Mental health, the better. Its absolutely fine to be curious, just not judgemental.
Just before I go, I will leave you with one of Rowling’s ultimate quotes, “Thoughts could leave deeper scarring more than anything else”.
I am sorry this post hasn’t been exactly upbeat, however I feel this topic needed to be addressed!
Keep smiling beautiful people. It’s been a pleasure,