My physical health is currently more cause for concern than my mental health as today, World Mental Health Day, it was my mystery illness (5 more sleeps till brain scan results) that stopped me being able to go to work.
The Prozac is doing a pretty wonderful job at keeping me relatively good-humoured during a stressful time, I dread to think what state I’d be in without it, but, of course, medication isn’t the be all and end all by any means. Yes, it works for me and the black dog is staying to heel but I’m very aware this isn’t the case for many.
The recent furore over inappropriate Hallowe’en costumes triggered mass anger and upset (and for non-sufferers, bemusement at that anger and upset) and did little to aid those of us, and the charities and organisations that support us, in our fight to stop stigma concerning mental health issues.
Whether we talk about it or sweep it under the carpet it’s still a reality that 1 in 4 people carry with them one type of mental illness or another or sometimes several. For some it’s “only” mild anxiety, for others it’s OCD, for some it’s clinical depression, for others it’s bi-polar.
If you have a friend or family member in this position you don’t need to do much to help them…if they trust you enough to talk about how they’re feeling, just listen. They’re not asking for you to solve anything, they’re just asking to be heard.
Keep your ears and your hearts open xox
& have a free smile from my other black dog! 🙂
& we all need to share the love so this is now linked with #PoCoLo at Vevivos 🙂
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