Excited isn’t the right word, but I am certainly proud to working on this collaborative blog effort with Stephanie from StephanieMarija.co.nz. This is something we hope people will get on board with, in an effort to make taking about mental health and mental health issues easier for people while also highlighting that nobody is alone in what they’re going through.
Mental Health isn’t something unique to those suffering from depression, anxiety, insomnia or any other mental health issue, in the exact same way physical health isn’t limited to only those with the flu or chicken pox. Yet those of us with mental health issues can often be made to feel like they shouldn’t talk about it, and they shouldn’t acknowledge it.
I remember the first time I was prescribed anti-depressants, I felt like I was standing on the outside looking in. It wasn’t “normal” to feel like I did and I wasn’t meant to talk about it because people would worry and feel uncomfortable. For years I never told my Dad, I figured he wouldn’t understand, I assumed he would think I was being silly. Surprisingly enough though, when I eventually told him, aside from being upset at having been shut out he wanted to learn more and wanted to understand more.
My Dad didn’t make me feel broken, or silly and became one of few people in my life to tell instantly if I wasn’t feeling “well“, he understood then (and still does now) that mental health is an everybody thing. It’s not an exclusive illness and it’s not overly selective. Poor mental health is a little like hay fever… it can affect anyone and you can’t always predict when it will be a problem.
There are many methods and tools for maintaining good mental health, and only you know what will work for you. All I can reiterate is that it is 110 percent okay to ask for help… this blog project is in no way designed to take the place of any professional advice or support.
How it works.
- Simply answer the below questions (although none of the questions are compulsory) and share your answers either via your blog or Facebook account using the tags #NobodyIsAlone and #MentalHealthBlogChallenge.
- If you don’t have a blog, don’t despair, contact me at TheRestlessEmpire@gmail.com and I’ll help you out by include your material on TheRestlessEmpire and/or Stephanie Marija at Stephanie@stephaniemarija.co.nz
Regardless of whether you choose to be named or anonymous, whether you share via your blog, our blogs or via your Facebook account sharing your journey and your story will let other people know that they are not alone.
Pop back and check on the site, we’ll be approaching all kinds of people to take part in this challenge as we work to highlight that nobody is alone.