I talk openly about my mental health. Duh! I don't think you needed me to tell you that. Some people see it as inspiring, brave or courageous. I see it as speaking the truth. Not letting society tell me that I can't talk about something which affects every single human being on this planet. I am not ashamed or embarrassed to talk about my mental health and my battle with mental illness so honestly and openly and you shouldn't either.
People worry about oversharing. I get that some people may be discouraged from sharing and talking about personal stuff because they don't want the whole world to know about their struggles.Some may worry that it could come across as self-obsessed. Talking about yourself day in day out. Maybe what is stopping you is worrying that people will think you are doing it for a sympathy vote. BOO HOO look at me with all my struggles and hardship...
You know what, I 100% understand that. Talking about mental illness isn't easy, and there is always going to be people who hate your guts, think you are doing it for attention or just don't agree with you that it is the right thing to do. And to them, I say screw you! The one thing that keeps me going, motivating me to continue to write about mental health, is all the people out there who struggle with their mental health, who think they are all alone. They believe that they are crazy. The only ones battling the demons in their head.
I can't explain the feeling of knowing that you have helped literally thousands of people, all by yourself. To think that someone could have read a personal post I have written about my struggle with OCD or depression and realised that is okay. They are okay. It is all going to be okay. Struggling with your mental health can be very lonely sometimes. Even in 2017, people are still scared to get help for their mental health. People worry that they will be rejected by their family and friends if they tell them about their internal battles. Knowing that I can be a virtual friend and online support for someone gives me an incredibly warm and fuzzy feeling inside.
I don't talk openly about my battle with mental illness for personal stratification or gain though. I do it because I care.
I share because I care! ( Not gonna lie swear that is a Monsters Inc quote)
If someone sought the courage from reading my How to talk to your doctor about your mental health post and took those tips with them and got the help they needed, that is incredible. You know I don't just cater for those who struggle with their mental health but for those who support and know loved ones who struggle with mental illness. Imagine if they read my How to help a friend having a panic attack post and know can support and help their loved one, a lot better. How cool would that be?
This never ending chain of help and support is the prime reason why I talk so openly about mental health. Yes, okay people read my blog, which generates views, which generates money and sometimes allows me to work with cool brands and get freebies. I don't do it for that reason. After all, yes the people who view my blog hopefully benefit from reading what I write, they take the tips, advice and knowledge and spread it into a wider community. They better understand how to support their friends or loved ones, struggling with mental illness. They know there is help available out there to them.
This is the reason why I talk so openly about my mental health. There is no price for happiness and support. Knowing that I have helped someone, or lots of people for that matter directly or indirectly is why I'm so passionate and to put it bluntly, won't shut up about mental health. Supporting others and knowing that I make a difference is priceless to me.
The reason why I wanted to write this post is to kick start my ' Blog post every day for mental health awareness month' Yeah, that is a catchy title, isn't it? Since 1949, in the USA May has been recognised as mental health awareness month. Mental health awareness week is taking place between the 8th and 14th of May. To celebrate I wanted to write a blog post every day for a month. You know only in the busiest month of the year with exams and whatever. That doesn't bother me though. getting my voice heard, supporting and sharing my advice is what matters.
You can expect to see 31 posts this month, all about mental health. Ranging from tips, advice, personal stories, reviews and so much more. If you want to stay up to date with all of this month's posts then be sure to follow me on Bloglovin and Twitter ( cheeky self-promo alert) I hope you stick around, it is gonna be a busy one!