I’ve been thinking a lot lately about mental health and how it is all around us. They are people who are close to us who suffer from it, and we can have no idea. Some may be quiet, sad, paranoid or jumpy and we may not always associate it with anything. We may jump to conclusions or overthink it when really it’s people struggling and trying to deal with their problems. I thought it would be helpful to write about this so we know to be aware of it and mindful.
There’s a few people that are close to me that suffer. They can have good and bad days. They can be happy one minute, then sad the next. They may be finding it difficult to get out of bed or to eat or keep on top of everything. I think it’s really important that we all keep an open mind and an open ear and just keep an eye on the people around us and the people we love. If we think about it and maybe, see someone upset or distracted, ask how they are and if they need a chat. They may decline, but at least you’ve asked. They know the offers there and that they’re not alone.
I think one person’s presence can be enough sometimes. If you text someone, or check in on them, they know you are there for guidance and support and if they do need you, they will have the option to come to you. I don’t like to be too pushy and instead just send people a quick message checking in, or popping my head in the door and seeing how they are today. There are lots of things you can do to remind someone they are loved and looked after, and certainly not alone.
When I’m at university, or at work, I like to speak to people when I can and just see how they are. I like to be warm and welcoming and smiley, so that they may find it easier to talk to me and confide in me. I’ve had it before when I’ve bottled things up and it’s all built up inside me, so when I’ve let it out and been honest, it can make such a big difference. This may not always be the case and people may want to just keep it to themselves, but asking how they are and maybe giving them a smile or a hug can help them more than you think.
At the end of the day, I am there for people because I would want them to do the same for me. I also know what it’s like to feel like you have nobody. Everyone has someone, and there will be people there with you, holding your hand and guiding you through, always.
Have a great day everyone! Hope you’re all doing well.
Until next time,