So yesterday I gave you a little inkling that I’d had a breakdown February 2013. In actual fact today is the day in which I admit that I have a Mental Disorder which is what ultimately contributed to this. Yes it’s true. And yes I can almost sense some of you recoiling in horror as you learn the truth. But you know why you’re reacting like that? Because there’s a stigma attached to the term ‘Mental Health.’ I bet there’s even a stigma attached to the word stigma too! But there really shouldn’t be. Many famous faces fight tirelessly to campaign for Mental Health these days. Author of ‘The Humans’ Matt Haig and singer Demi Lovato to name just a couple. Just Google the term and you’ll see how many people across the world have been affected by it. Needless to say, I am not afraid to tell people now. Don’t get me wrong. I was before. And it is by far one of the hardest things I’ve ever done opening up to people. Even writing this is a little difficult. Knowing that in a short while, people that looked at me in one light yesterday, will now this morning see me completely differently. The truth is, it’s probably easier telling complete strangers than it is those who are closest to me. However, I do have my reasons for wanting to be this honest. Firstly, because I am tired of hiding that side of me. It felt like I had some sordid secret that I ought to be ashamed about. And secondly, because if even one person gets something positive from this, then it was definitely worthwhile. Sometimes I guess speaking out is the only way to make a difference.
For those that are unaware, there are in fact many forms of Mental Disorders. These range from anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar right up to schizophrenia. There are also many sufferers out there who are living a tortured life in silence. But they really needn’t be. There is the support out there if you seek it. I’m one of the lucky ones that after years of struggling, eventually hit rock bottom but came back fighting (with a little help of course.)
Sometimes it takes just one person to stand up for something they believe in and then with any luck, the domino effect will kick in…
Mental Health Awareness week runs from 6th-17th October
And World Mental Health Day is 10th October
On a last note… I’m not entirely sure where the quote below originated from or who originally said it. There are many arguments and answers on the net. Feel free to post comments if anyone knows the definitive answer. Either way I’ve always loved the sentiment behind it.
‘Thought for the day… Never judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes.’
Hope you all have a fab Wednesday.