For me, this worked wonders. I found that if I was able to make light of the situation I found myself regarding my mental health then people around me would feel a lot easier about talking to me about it.
My way is not the best way may be to take the stigma out of Mental Health but for me, it works. I have always been known as somewhat of a fruitloop doing things because I wanted to do them, even if it was not what was expected of me. Take my Thank You Campaign, I do it because I want all people who serve in some form of uniform to know that there is at least one person out there who supports them. This is not seen as the norm but I don’t care, it makes me feel good and therefore I do it…
Each person’s mental health issues are unique to them to find a way that is suitable for you to broach that subject.
This morning I would like to take a moment to talk about mental health and how it can affect many people.
Since 2007 I have been dealing with depression. It is caused by the brain either refusing to or seriously reducing the amount of serotonin it produces. Basically, this means a chemical imbalance in the brain.
Since my diagnosis, I have noticed that the stigma around mental health is rampant. People feel too afraid to tell people they have mental health problems for fear of what might happen. I have experienced myself the downside to disclosing mental health problems to employers who went from treating me like everyone else to treating me like a piece of glass that could break at any moment.
Until such time as it becomes more acceptable to have mental health problems, the stigma will continue. One way for this to happen is for more people to take the stance of “so what, I have mental health issues, who cares” and be as open as they can be. The more people who stand up and openly say they have issues will make the world see that we are not a minority and that it does not discriminate.
A baby step that people can take, put it in your bio on social media. This is something that means that everyone will see without you having to say to each person
I am just one person in this crazy world. I am just one person who has had the world collapse on her numerous times and still wakes up every morning trying to find a way to make the world a nicer and fluffier place to live in.
I have am a survivor of abuse:
Diagnosed as dyslexic at 16:
Diagnosed with depression at 21:
Diagnosed with spinal problems at 29:
Diagnosed as Autistic at 32:
But do I let the above get me down? No of course I dont. I will share my pain and sorrows as well as my joys and successes with the world.
One thing however, that I am doing, which I would like you all to know about is my Thank You Campaign.
For the last two years I have been doing this on my own with no help from anyone. It has been a very fruitful journey but I am now looking for help to continue.
I have been using my own money to support American Service Personnell who are deployed over seas. I have created goodie bags for those who work Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in uniform and I write letters and Social Media posts Thanking people for their service. I will keep doing this until there is no money left to use but if you are able to help and support me in my work then please visit https://www.gofundme.com/544xm-thank-you-for-your-service and donate so that I can continue to help support and show appreciation to those in uniform who serve and protect us 🙂
I am just one person, who is now asking for help
Today I was asked why do I say thank you to uniformed services, they are just doing their job.
Well, the answer is honestly because they deserve it. They did not have to take a job where they could potentially lose their lives protecting other, they did not have to take a job where their families could end up struggling due to injury or death but they did.
People need to remember that they do the job so that we who can’t, or those, who do not want to, are made to do it. If the brave men and women of the military, police, fire departments, paramedics, doctors, nurses or lifeguard did not do the job who would? Me personally I am an Autistic, Dyslexic, who has depression and has spinal problems so I know I would not be able to do it. So that is why I do it.
Ever wondered why there is not National Service in some countries, or why the Draft has not been re-enacted? Well, ladies and gents it is because there are enough brave men and women who do the jobs to keep us safe and I for 1 am thankful every day for these people.