I would like to share my mental health, story with people because I feel that it is very important! To talk about and chat to people in general conversation, To PUT!! Forward and make a positive definate CHANGE!! To mental health, Stigma!! We all need to chat to one and other and not be afraid!! To talk openly, about mental health. Speak at work, Speak in schools, Speak on the bus. Speak with your friends and family! It is definitely! Time to make a change!!
Talking about my struggles is the beginning of the end of the stigma. If this can help me reach out to someone who suffers similar problems and makes them feel less alone, we are stronger united. I'm no longer ashamed to say I struggle with mental health. I will not judge others who suffer and I will challenge those who do. I want to do as much as I can to raise awareness of mental health do my bit to try and help people understand, so that we can protect those who are vulnerable and need help.
Its great that more people are talking about mental health.my daughter was ill a few years ago and being able to talk about it then more freely would have helped me. I have the greatest admiration forJames Crawford and Rob o Halloran for their article in the EGazette.They are superstars in my opinion and have the greatest respect for them !
I will make people aware that mental health problems are real and can't be switched off. I also want people to know that my mental health story does not define me, and does not make me any less of a person. I will encourage others around me to share their own mental health story. The more we share, the more people will realise the reality of living with a mental health problem.
I have suffered with mental health in varying degrees for the past 20 years. Due to a catalogue of circumstances and situations my depression and anxiety has become severe and I have had to seek professional help. Although I do feel and have felt embarrassed and ashamed by my illness. I know I shouldn't, I'm still a human being the same as everyone else. I long for the day when I don't feel I have to cover or hide my condition or its symptoms for fear of judgement.
I am from El Salvador, when I was younger I suffered emotional circumstances; I grew up, I was very shy, I could not speak in public, I was afraid about the school. Now I am 27 years, I have had experiences that have helped me, very bad situations; but at the same time this situations helped me.
I share my thoughts with you and I expect can help you!
I am currently writing my dissertation on the effects of mental health stigma and how it can be tackled through appropriate education starting from adolescence.
In the near future I would love to be able to be part of a mental health awareness workshop, educating young people on mental illness.
I suffer with anxiety but It wont stop me being a role model to students. I also had severe depression from being bullied up until the age of 17. I'm currently about to finish my PGCE and I discussed Social Anxiety during mental health week to aid teachers. I know how to control my anxiety and I know what impact/causes they have but there are so many people around us who are unaware. Do not let an anxiety attack ruin your life. Anxiety doesn't just go away, it's about handling it and having support around you. You're stronger than this.