Let’s remove the stigma, together, here and now!
Too many people are being lost to us.
Following on from the terrible news yesterday, that designer Kate Spade hung herself, leaving behind a 13 year old daughter, it needs to be now.
You see, too many people see medication as a ‘fail’, I have heard SO MANY TIMES ‘You know she is on Anti-depressants don’t you?’ – said as though it is some sort of weakness or bad decision.
It is a great decision.
I have heard SO MANY TIMES ‘I just don’t want her to go down THAT route.’ Again, as though it is a path to destruction.
It is a path to resurrection.
It means you are acknowledging your issues and DEALING with them.
It should be one of the first resorts, not the last, alongside meditation, counselling and some cognitive/relaxation techniques.
They are all tools to fight mental illness.
You wouldn’t try to fight heart disease without tools – or cancer.
Mental illness is the same.
I am not saying it is THE answer, I am saying it is an option – and it helps – and most importantly, THERE SHOULD BE NO SHAME IN IT!!!
Just like there should be no shame in having pain relief during labour.
We are all so consumed with looking like we ‘have it together’ that we are afraid to reveal our ‘weaknesses’.
Mental illness, depression, ptsd, pnd, anxiety, whatever it is that’s troubling you – is not a weakness or a fault, we should not feel ashamed nor should we feel it will go against our career choices or future pursuits.
Taking medication will not ‘dumb down’ the real you, quite the opposite. It will ‘dumb down’ your mental health issues, allowing the real you to come back in.
It need not be permanent.
It need not feel like a failure.
It is a part of your journey, of your cure, of your life.
And that’s okay. It really is.
If you are struggling, alone, please remember this:
IF YOU KEEP SOMETHING IN THE DARK, THAT’S WHERE IT WILL REMAIN, IN THE DARK.
Turn on the light.
Let’s talk about it.
Ladies, pass it on