I will continue to share my experiences with mental health, the struggles the help and the support that I have been through. To continue teaching my children to feel safe enough to talk about their feelings and to encourage others to feel able to talk about theirs to them or someone who can help.
I am a yoga therapist in Plymouth - Devon.
There are many of us specialising in Yoga Therapy for Improved Mental Health - I am trying to soon run my 12 week programme for a local GP practice to have a non medicinal option to give to those with poor mental health. I would like to volunteer at an event or even utilise my programme for you if required :). I suffer from Anxiety but my yoga controls it and I've never needed medication.
I have suffered with mental health issues since 2014 and the best way I can describe my illness is it's like having a black void of darkness.
This void is a living breathing thing that's constantly changing and shifting so for example some days it can be as tiny as a pea and you won't feel it at all, other days it can be so big that it envelops you whole and even the most simple of tasks becames impossible.
Mental health is so indiscriminate that it affects so many people and the stigma still surrounds it.
If I think there is anything wrong with friends, family even people I barely know I will make it my business to help them I will not let anyone face their problems alone. I am lucky to have friends in my corner I will be in their and anyone's corner if then need help no one should ever feel alone and I will always be there for people who need me.
Mental health is a wide variety of things don't think you're not worthy of help because your not standing on a bridge or have enough pills in your hands, please if you feel so low you have thoughts or do things that you wouldn't usually do, seek help. For you are loved, so loved in this world. you will cry, you will be scared but you will be empowered, strong, tall. You are worthy of life and a positive one.
I'm a sufferer of depression see it in others who won't admit it. A strong hand on the slippery ladder might not save you but it will save you from falling further down. I will pledge to help ANYONE who wants to talk and I will be checking up on my friends and family just so they know.... They are not alone.
This year I survived suicide and found my true self, now I'm stuck with a mental health label but I don't think mental health should be a label, it's just a chapter in some people's story's. mental health is part of some people it does not define them as a human it simply changes there perception of life slightly.
I will always be confident to expect the unexpected, If some people I meet are in a forest of difficulties, I would hope to help them navigate out, in any way I can. People who have difficulties with their mental health are often great contributors with very good ideas. The cruel world has to be tenderised to protect precious people.