One In four people at some point will suffer from a mental health disorder at some point in their lives, so why the such big taboo surrounding Mental Health?
Because people are deemed as ‘crazy’ or ‘mad’ because of mental health and we are sidelined. Many of us, myself included felt ashamed and embarrassed to seek help because mental health is something that cannot be seen. Many people suffering with mental health hide it very well, it’s easy to tell someone your okay when indeed your not. You become practised at it.
It’s also hard to find someone to talk too, to understand how we are feeling without fear and rejection. It’s easy for people to sit in their ivory towers and think it’s all sunshine and rainbows. That’s far from it, something needs to be done to help people come forward to seek help. Looking after our minds is just as important as looking after ourselves physically.
I wasted a lot of my life worrying about what people thought of my how I felt about myself, gripped in a paranoia that I would be put on the shelf and ignored for having mental health issues. For many years I refused help for the same reason, embarrassed and ashamed but also in denial of my feelings, even at my lowest low with suicidal thoughts raging through my tired brain, I couldn’t accept it. We should never feel ashamed. It’s something we can’t help or prevent.