Advocate. Why did I start?

Here’s the low down on why I’m such a big supporter of mental health and want to educate as many people as I can.

I was diagnosed in 2013. I was in my occupational therapy assistant program. We were doing our mental health portion of class around this time. I was just getting used to medications and my thoughts and feelings about everything. Our teacher asked that if we knew of or if ourselves struggled with any topic and wanted to share we were more than welcome to. Well I volunteered to talk about my story. Easy right? Wrong. Some of my classmates had tears in their eyes, most were shocked I was even depressed. What really got me though was a comment one of my classmates said after hearing my story and watching a video about depression. She may have been uneducated growing up or what have you, but when I tell you I was fuming with anger it’s an understatement. She said to the entire class, if they wanted to be happy they can choose to be happy and not be depressed.

Wait! Hold up! You mean to tell me that I can tell my brain chemicals to be happy and I’ll just become happy?! Woah! Where was this when my friend killed herself? When I wanted to kill myself? When I cried and cried for no reason. You mean to tell me I could have chose happy?

Sorry for the sarcasm, but come on. Mental illness is like a physical illness but you can’t see it. My dad doesn’t choose to have multiple sclerosis. He can’t just wake up in the morning and tell his muscles to grow back. It’s a disease. It’s an illness.

If you knew me back in 2013 you know I was still quiet. Well by golly I spoke up, I got loud, I stood up for those who couldn’t stand up for themselves. I was shaking, I was on the verge of tears. I told that classmates that if I could choose to be happy I would. That it isn’t that simple. You can fake it till you make it but it’s still not true happy.

So do something for me my friends. If you have a loved on who suffers from mental illness or a physical illness go tell them you love them. Hold them tight. And listen if they want to talk. Hold them if they need comfort. Do be quick to assume you can change them or they can change themselves.

Peace and love my lovely followers ✌🏻💕

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