Today, in Canada is #BellLetsTalk day. An incredible movement that brings awareness about “the elephant in the room,” mental health. Last year I shared my personal story, because talking is how we break the stigma.
As someone who suffers from severe depression and anxiety, every day is a challenge. That will never change for me and accepting that and accepting help (which trust me is NOT easy) is how I get better.
It took me along time to understand that just because I take my medication daily doesn’t mean I am helping myself. You need to talk, you need to not be embarrassed you have a problem. Be it friends, family, or a therapist sharing is how you get better. I have a support team that time and time again is there by my side no matter what, and I am so thankful for that.
Today might be a day to bring awareness, but for me, who is open about my problems, it’s a day to say thank you. For my family, who no matter what I seem to put them through stays beside me. The friends who stuck by me through the bad days and the good, who check in and who care.
Whether you have a mental health problem, or are just having a bad day, we need to be nicer. We need to be more understanding, we need to be thoughtful and put yourself in someone else’s shoes.
Don’t suffer alone. End the stigma. Let’s talk.