Today I'm going to visit a friend who was there for me when I was wracked with anxiety and shackled by depression. He talked to me, along with others and my fiancée, and helped immensely. So I'm going to pledge to help those who have helped me. To talk, but also to listen. Every day is Time To Talk. #TimeToTalk
I pledge to always be patient with people even if they appear unreasonable because you never know what's going on inside, I will always do my best to listen to people who want to talk or just be a presence if they don't. I will do everything within my power to raise awareness of mental health issues and support every organisation that is campaigning for the same thing.
I will remember how the dark days felt when I was lost and alone thinking nobody was looking or listening to me, with this in mind I will try to keep my eyes and mind open to others and try to help those around me in dark places.
I will never hide the places I have been, they have made me who I am and I care for all humanity.
Not only will I share my Mental Health story to help others understand me, but I will challenge Mental Health Stigma & Discrimination when I see or hear it, and also I will keep in touch & ask a friend or loved one how they are. I Pray that we can end the stigma & discrimination around Mental Health.
I know too well from my own mental health disorders, the difference it makes in having the support, thoughtfulness as well as acceptance from my few best friends.
So it's always been a passion of mine to let other suffers know someone does think and care about them. In letting them know they're not alone and to want to know how they're really feeling/coping. Then too, I can help in whatever way I can to help them not feel overwhelmed or misunderstood.
I understand my condition as neurological, and the more science advances, the more it proves me right. I self-manage, behave responsibly, refuse to feel ashamed. TV does not scare me, but wrong portrayals of my condition make me very angry. I will continue to share the truth for as long as I have breath, for those alive now, and those who will be born in the future.
I will make sure that I contact my friend every week who is struggling with her mental health at the moment. I will also keep talking about mental health and try to stop stigma and discrimination. I will continue to deliver the MHFA course to help build confidence about mental health and reduce stigma and discrimination in both my work and private life.
People who have never experienced mental health issues are very ignorant of the facts & how this affect you & your close family , I can't stand uneducated people assuming they know how lonely you feel & they don't understand how a mental illness can make your body feel physically drained even trying to do the most simple tasks , I feel schools should be educating young people about mental health & making them aware they are not alone
I will continue to share my story about the time in my life when I spent time in a psychiatric hospital. I will continue to challenge the predominance of the medical model so that the real causes of mental ill health are recognised. In my view it is not an "illness" like a physical illness is. Therefore psychiatric drugs are not the answer - except perhaps in the short-term. Once the causes of mental ill-health are truly recognised then the "treatments" will be more effective.