It’s World Mental Health Day today so I would like to take a moment to just help raise awareness for that, surprisingly still in 2015 there is a hell of a lot of stigma that still surrounds mental health and its something that I can’t get my head around.
As many of you are aware I am Bipolar and if you aren’t aware of it, you are now! I’m very open about my illness because I see nothing to be ashamed of, I am still the exact same person I was before I had a label for it and if people have a problem with it then I think there’s obviously something wrong with them because I don’t see why it should be such an issue.
1 in 4 people will experience some sort of mental health problem in their life and even then people are still ashamed to go and get help, reason being because although 1 in 4 is a high number of people to suffer some sort of mental health issue there are more people who have a problem with it. Mental health problems can really fuck you up, please excuse my language there but they can, they are just as serious as some of the most deadly diseases. Many people have lost their lives to them, my friend has lost her life to one, my mums friend lost his life to one and I, me, this person who is writing this right here has nearly lost her life twice to the one that tries to consume her on a daily basis.
I know many people don’t know how to deal with someone who has a mental illness and they think its easy to just snap out of it but its not. It’s like a battle within your mind, you don’t want to feel how you do or have what’s going on with you in that moment happening but it is and I know for me, with my illness it could be a very scary place especially as I get extremes of almighty highs and slumps of the lowest lows. I’m sure its scary for other illnesses. Luckily I take medication that keeps me well, I’m not going to say I went to the doctor straight away to get help because I didn’t and I was ill for a very long time before because I was scared but it’s nearly 6 years on , some days are a struggle and some days are fantastic…. That’s just the same for anyone though.
I am Bipolar BUT I AM NOT….. Mental, crazy, a lunatic, a ticking time bomb, off my meds if I’m having a bad day, a hazard to kids, a hazard to myself, uncontrollable, lazy, damaged, a freak or someone to be scared of.
I am Bipolar BUT I AM A….. Mother, friend, daughter, blogger, co-worker, joker, TV addict, holiday taker, tattoo addict, laughter lover and all around lover of life and myself.
If you do one thing today please just have a 10 minute chat with anyone, especially someone you think might need one as it can mean the world to them. Help raise awareness and stamp out stigma anyway you can, not just today but every day!.