Discussions on mental health have significantly increased over the last year or so. From Prince Harry to actors, comedians, and musicians, many more people have been telling their story. Still, we need to move past solely talking about mental health. We need to actually act on making a significant change.
My mental health journey has been an interesting one. Darkness was familiar to me. I allowed my sorrows to become my friends. In the words of Bane:
“Ah you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, moulded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but blinding!”
I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. The end of my tunnel was something else less pleasant…or at least that light would have been Heaven calling. But when thinking back on what kept me ‘stable’, there were a handful distinct things. Yet, there was one thing that stood out and is universally applicable. Writing.
I wrote and wrote and wrote until the ink ran out or until I had spilt all my thoughts onto paper or notes app in my phone.
From poetry and prose, to short stories and just bursts of random thoughts, writing down all my thoughts were so important to my mental health.
I knew that many who were dealing with depression would relate to some of the things I wrote, so I made a personal blog where I released some of my work. The feedback was heartwarming.
I then had another reason to keep writing: to help others.
A lot of the time, people say “i’m here if you need to talk” or, “you should see a doctor”. However, those with a mental health condition may not be mentally prepared to offload to someone else. If that is you, my advice is to write. Write it all down. Take time to really reflect…and then write.
This is advice on a potential first step to take. By no means should this be a substitute for any other means of help (i.e. therapy, medication, etc.) if it is working well for you.
Take care of yourself, and remember: you are amazing, you are special, you are loved.
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