Did you know that in any given year one out of five people will experience some sort of mental health problem. It is such a massive topic that a lot of people are finally getting on board with, we need to start speaking about it because such a high percentage of people are suffering in silence, feeling alone with no one to turn too and then these issues that they are having are getting out of hand and sadly we are losing more people in the world now more than we ever had.
There is a lot of stigma that comes with mental health and a lot of people are worried to open up about it because of the way it might be seen to someone else.
Your pain is yours, and just because people think they may be having a worse time or say that someone else is going through a more negative experience than you are. Does not take away your own personal pain and you should never listen to the people who are just telling you that you need to be more ‘appreciative’ and ‘happier’ because when you are in a negative mental health state you can only see your pain and that is good.
Surround yourself with people who can understand you, even just sit with you to make you feel less alone. Open up to someone you love and trust and let them share that load with you. You may think that it is silly, that your issue is not a big deal, that you should just ‘get over it’ but sometimes that is not as easy as it seems.
Seeking help is not becoming vulnerable, it is becoming stronger.
You don’t need to place a label on yourself if you don’t want too. You may just be going through a harder period of your life and require some help to get through it. That doesn’t make you ‘crazy’ or ‘depressed’ or ‘mentally unstable’
It makes you human.
An incredible, emotionally, powerful human.
Do not listen to all of that stigma out there, and lads. It is okay for you too to have a bad day; I know that we all want to be big men out there and be tough for the ones that we love but we also suffer too. You are not going to be less of the human that you are today for embracing yourself, the good and the bad.
I am so glad that mental health is being spoken about more today than ever before, we are finally getting to open up and heal in our own ways.
My door is always open to anyone who wants to just talk.