Three weeks ago, it was Mental Health Awareness Week.
Isn’t it great that it’s 2018 and we are having these conversations? I think they’ve been coming through in ebbs and flows for a few years now – people are slowly feeling more and more comfortable to open up and let people know what they’re dealing with. Not necessarily the world; some people choose to go to social media to open up, and that can be ultimately very cleansing and eye opening (I’m sure it helps people feel less alone). Some people choose to just reach out to those closest to them.
I decided to write a post on Instagram about my dealings with mental health, and my thoughts. I have never done anything like this before, usually saving my social media platforms for pretty pictures and musings about life. I haven’t been one to even believe I dealt with mental health issues before, too. I’ve always been positive, carefree and a pretty strong, stable person. But you can be that AND deal with mental health issues, too.
I opened up about how I struggled moving back from London to my old home, dealing with relationship dramas that have occurred during my time there, and how they have affected me now. My issues are small, able to be managed, but they are still difficult to deal with.
And the response was amazing. People I know responded saying they were there for me, and a friend of mine even posted something of her own, saying she was inspired by my post. I learnt something new about her, that I never even knew. It helps us grow closer to each other, I think.
We need to know how those closest to us are feeling. Keeping things inside when you’re struggling means you are taking away the ability for those who love you to help you, and taking away your ability to heal. It’s really difficult, but it can open up a wonder of opportunities and support when you do.
I found it so moving and inspiring seeing my friends open up, so now I know to send them a message to ask if they’re doing okay. It’s the small things that help, after all.