Today is World Mental Health Day. It is also the one year anniversary of my first post. And it has been quite a year.
I started this blog on World Mental Health Day 2018 because I wanted to share my experiences with the world, let others who are struggling know they are not alone, and push back against the stigma that still surrounds mental illness. I’ve certainly made a good start, but there is still so much work to do.
And that work certainly isn’t limited to World Mental Health Day, but the day is a useful tool for refocusing the debate, and for me, a useful point to rededicate myself to the cause.
This year’s theme for World Mental Health Day is suicide prevention. Suicide is a silent killer. People don’t talk about it because of the stigma, or religious beliefs, or because they think it is a weakness. None of that is true. Suicide is the worst and last symptom of an illness that fills your mind with demons who constantly try to pull you down with them. If you are struggling with those demons now, don’t let them. Because if there is one thing this blog, and all the other amazing mental health blogs out there, should teach you, it is that you are not alone, that there is no shame for seeking help, and that is does get better.
It. Does. Get. Better.
And if you don’t believe me, look around at the many other voices speaking out today about their experiences. You are not alone in this journey. Others have been in the darkness, myself included. Trust us when we say that it does get better.