When was the last time you had a breather?
World Mental Health Day
Words by Billy George
Did you know that 1 in 5 Australians are affected by mental illness, yet many don’t seek help because of stigma. The thought of it being a weakness or a character flaw. It's anything but that. Today is a day of raising awareness and education around mental health. This is global!
Your mental state is important, at times, more important that your physical state. Do you see what I see? That's the question that's encouraged for today. What you may see is not really what may be happening internally within you, your friends or even family. It's heavily misrepresented, it's scary and a sense of 'hopelessness' can often be felt. I know, I've been there.
Opening up on days like this for me means that I can help someone else reading this, to open up and talk to some one around them. To a help line. There are such great services out there.
Anxiety. It's something I suffer from greatly, somedays it's tamed and doesn't poke it's head out. Other days however, it's a constant battle of doubt.
These thoughts can pass through my head a million miles a minute. Unfortunately, these are only a few that I encounter. We live in such a fast paced and high stress environment that we often don't realise thought's like this occur until it's too late. Learning to identify the feelings you have is always the first step. It's what helps me get through it - is what I'm feeling a legitimate concern? Am I overthinking something that is much simpler? If these thoughts and feelings are legitimate then that's the first step in being able to reach out to help yourself deal with it all.
A huge variety of people are affected by many different kinds of mental illness. Anxiety is just one of them. We all suffer some kind of it at some point in our lives and getting the right treatment and support is the best thing we can do for ourselves. For some it's more than just a little bit of anxiety, while others may go day by day feeling generally well. But we all need help sometimes. And it's ok to reach out. It’s time to look at mental illness in a different light – a positive light.
Make a promise to help shed a more positive light on mental health.
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