Raise your hand if you’ve ever been nervous to talk about your mental illness, had or have a loved one with a mental illness, or have a mental illness yourself.
Now raise your hand if you accept that person or do you think that they aren’t sick, that they aren’t hurting.
I know no one will admit it but there are people out there that don’t accept mental illness as an actual illness just because you can’t see it. This bothers me. You can’t see a lot of illness yet people classify them as one. I’m getting deep down and dirty on why should accept those loved ones and realize why it really is an illness.
Growing up I got the questions a lot like why are you sad? Why are you crying? You have no reason to be depressed. Nothing is wrong with you. You need to get over it. Stop acting like that. You’re doing this for attention. On and on and on. I got so sick and tired of it. It made me even more upset. This is why I speak out, this is why I share.
I had a friend commit suicide as I’ve previously mentioned. No one knew she was depressed or that anything was really wrong. Too many people are hiding their mental illness in fears that they will be looked down upon or that no one will get it.
Well I’m here to tell you I look up to you and I get it. I go through it daily and know what a struggle it is some days.
Now for my friends and family. I ask and beg of you. Accept your loved ones. Don’t be afraid to ask if they are okay. Don’t look down on them because of a mental illness. Don’t belittle them or poke fun. It’s not fun at all and I can only speak for myself but I don’t appreciate it.
Acceptance is a big part of what can help in recovery and treatment. The bigger the support group you have the better your outcome can be.
Happy mental health awareness month! 💚💚
Peace and love ✌🏻💕