I wasn’t scheduled for a blog post today however with it being World Mental Health Day I couldn’t let the day pass without contributing to this touching movement.
If you’ve read my Invisible Face Of Mental Health you will know that I’m very familiar with the impact of mental health. Sadly in 2010 I lost some one very close to me as a result of suicide. This will always leave an absent space in my heart, all the unanswered questions, all the things I could have said or done to prevent it. As a “survivor”. I want you to know that #It’sOkNotToBeOk.
The woman who is suffering with post natal depression.
The woman struggling to wake up for work due to work related anxiety.
The woman who finds comfort in self harming.
The woman with an anxiety disorder which makes it difficult to leave home.
The bulimic woman who has to leave her desk to be sick.
The woman who had post traumatic stress as a result of a sexual assault or sudden death of a loved one.
The woman who is suffering with suicidal thoughts.
The woman suffering with body dismorphia, who believes she isn’t good enough.
The woman who has psychosis whose view of the world is often different to others, which makes it hard to communicate.
The woman I may not have mentioned, who is going through her own battle.
It’s Ok Not To Be Ok
Yes you are strong, yes you are resilient and you’re so capable of overcoming anything which life throws at you. But you’re also human. It’s ok to say, I’m not ok! It’s ok to scream “I need help”. I have suffered with anxiety, I battled with depression! I’m living proof that you can overcome it! There are days when getting out of bed is a struggle.. communicating your feelings seems pointless. There are days when putting a brave face on for the world becomes to draining.
You have tried tirelessly to keep it to yourself because the stigma attached to mental health is both ignorant and so far from the truth. Enough is enough, it’s time for us to support each other through these chapters of our lives, it’s time to talk. #WomenSupportingWomen.
Not only have I battled my own demons I have been on the receiving end of some one close taking their own life because they couldn’t see the way out of the storm. This woman will NOT be you! We are here for you, we care about and we LOVE you. Ladies please check on your close ones. Because the truth is, everyone is going through something. To The Women Of The World
UK Mental health helplines
Thank you to the women who contributed to this post.