Today is World Mental Health Day.
Depression, anxiety, panic, mania, bipolar, eating disorders, any mental health disorder is hard to handle on its own, but throwing in the stigma that some people put on them makes it even harder. They are not signs of weakness. They are not wrong or shameful. People cannot just “get over it” any more than you can get over something like diabetes without management. If you are struggling, I hope help is available for you and that you can seek it out. If you see someone struggling, offer a hand and follow through. Keep offering. Be there. We are all connected.
If you are feeling sad, alone, anxious, scared, hopeless, and for even one second you feel suicidal or that you cannot go on, please just pause. I am here to talk to you and I will try to help you. I know reaching out is hard and at some stages almost impossible, but please just pause.
Hold on for one second longer.
Then another second.
And another, until you are able to reach out for help.
I am sharing these words all over social media because I really do hope that one day the stigma is gone and that no one ever has to feel that deep pain of losing someone to suicide.