Today is World Mental Health Day and one in four adults suffer with their mental health.
It is an issue that is at the forefront of society and is becoming less of a taboo and slowly becoming a topic that can be spoken about.
But sadly, in many cases there is still a stigma around it.
Many people suffer in silence and don’t speak to anyone about it because they’re scared of what people will think of them.
This week Prince William and Harry together with Kate and Meghan joined forces to support the new government campaign ‘Every Mind Matters’ to help young people with their mental health.
This campaign is so important because It enables people to understand the severity of mental health.
It allows everyone to get access to resources that help their mental health and be able to feel more in control of their lives.
Sometimes life can get on top of you, leaving the weight of the world on your shoulders.
I have been there, I’ve suffered with my mental health for many years. Depression and anxiety has had a hold on my life in the past, leaving me feeling so lost like a small fish in a big pond that is society.
At times I felt so alone and I couldn’t speak to anyone about what was going in my life because no one would understand. It was an exhausting time in my life, there was a constant cycle of anxiousness, sadness, anger and feeling lost and there came a point where I couldn’t cope.
I went out every day with a smile on my face because no one needed to be burdened with any of my problems. It was my problem and I had to deal with it – but this wasn’t the case. I had to do something about this. I had to speak to someone.
I wasn’t living my life, my anxiety and depression was living my life for me. I needed to accept that at that time I wasn’t okay, but it was okay to do something about it.
I got help through university counselling and gave myself the hand I needed to get my life back on track. For once in my life I put myself first, I was able to look at the things that were happening in my life from an outside perspective.
I made a huge decision to cut the problem out of my life for good and to this day, it has helped me so much. Yes, I do still have moments when I feel low, lost and anxious, but I am a lot better than I used to be because I got help and helped myself.
Now I do things to help my mental health. I run, read books, listen to podcasts, go to the gym, I bake and turn my phone off when I need space. All of these things have a huge benefit on my mental health.
It’s okay not to be okay.
It’s okay if you feel anxious, lost, scared, angry, sad.
It’s okay if you want to speak out about your mental health.
It’s okay to get help.
The Every Mind Matters campaign allows people to see that there is a way to turn things around and shows people ways to help them look after their mental health.
The website offers a free online plan which helps people to deal with stress, boost your mood and help with sleep. You can take a look at the campaign here.
If you think your friend is hiding something or something is bothering them, ask them if they’re okay. If they say they’re fine, don’t be scared to ask them again.
My DMs are always open for anyone who wants to talk – if you’re not okay, we’re with you every step of the way.