I want to take a minute and talk about mental health, and the stigma that it carries with it.
There is so much suffering happening in complete silence. We are at a point where many people suffering from depression, addiction, or any other form of distress feel they can’t even turn to the people closest to them and share what they’re going through. There is this unwarranted stigma associated with depression, addiction, etc. that prevent too many people from opening up, seeking help, and most simply, just being heard. We have seen such incredible, talented, and loving people lose their battle, and I think it’s time we start making a more conscious effort in seeking change in the hopes of preventing further loss. As a person who has suffered through my own form of darkness I know just how hard it can be to open up to someone, especially a stranger. But sometimes it seems almost easier to open up to someone who won’t judge you based on anything other than what you have come to them with; simply seeking help, and nothing else.
I got to thinking last night how refreshing it would be to see more people on instagram open themselves up and invite strangers to engage with them beyond likes and comments. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that can make a world of difference; if not to you, maybe to someone else. Sometimes it could even cause someone to hold on a little tighter. I’d like to take a step towards a community where stigmas don’t exist, and fear is unwelcome. A community where anyone should be able to engage and reach out to anyone. You will find a link in my bio to my Facebook page, and also my email address. Please, do not ever hesitate to reach out and send a message if you are in need of an ear, or support of any kind. If you are struggling, or fighting darkness, I would like to help. I encourage everyone to take a similar step, and open themselves up to our community. Let yourself give love, feel love, and receive love.
Share the things that make you wonderful with a stranger today. And please, pass the message along.