I’m no stranger to talking really. In 2014 I went to my first Gamblers Anonymous session and poured my heart out to total strangers. Professionally I can stand in front of 500 people and do a half-hour presentation. I can walk into a pub and introduce myself to absolutely anybody - as long as I am not talking about my mental state.
I was just about to start my new job and I was really excited, but at the same time terrified. A few weeks prior to this I had been given a diagnosis of EUPD (Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder). I had done this job before for different companies but I always had a wobbly moment or two whilst I did it and it would usually end up with me having a moment of bursting out into to tears in front of my manager.
People are scared of the terms ‘mental health problems’ and ‘mental illness.’ It makes many uncomfortable; turn their heads, look at their shoes, anything. Things are changing, but not soon, or fast enough.
You have bad days. Your car doesn’t start, you’re late to work, you miss a meeting – it’s a bad day. You just want to get home, put your feet up and write it off because tomorrow is a fresh start – an opportunity to reset your mind and put yesterday down to “just one of those days.”