I’ve been quite silent and on the down-low lately. Sadly, I missed Suicide Prevention Week and wasn’t able to post anything regarding the subject. But it’s still National Recovery Month, which goes hand in hand with mental health.
Recovery is an ongoing process, whether it be from prescribed medications, eating disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety, alcohol, co-dependence, or even broken relationships. One person’s recovery isn’t more important than the recovery of another. Every person struggling with recovery has their own tale of defeat, relapse, and triumph.
Assistance and encouragement can come in many different forms:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapies
- AA/NA/CODA meetings
- “Private” online communities
- School counselors
It’s truly amazing how many people are struggling, but for some reason, the topic of mental health remains with a certain stigma surrounding it. Take a look at some of the things I’ve come across this last month.
Trust me. I do not hold my tongue. I’ve replied to all 3 of these, among countless others that pop up on my timeline from people who, like me, are also defending mental health.
If you’ve never struggled with depression, BPD, bipolar disorder, anxiety, etc. or have never been a victim of molestation, rape, harassment, abuse, etc., you really have no business making a status like the ones shown above.
14 years ago, an incident occurred that is still with me to this day. I can’t go near anyone with the same name because all it brings are flashbacks.
7 years ago, an abusive relationship changed my life forever. It’s very difficult to live in the same city as him, as I am looking over my shoulder whenever I am in public. I can’t drive down the streets near where he lives, and there are so many other things that I refuse to do (or that terrify me) because I do not want to be reminded of what kind of monster I let into my life. This will be a blog post one day, when I am ready to share.
To those who still think all of this is “in our heads”, I am happy for you, truly. I am happy that you’ve been fortunate enough to never have something so terrible happen to you. I’m thrilled that you don’t know what it’s like to struggle with any sort of mental illness. But please, don’t discount those who are still struggling or those who are trying to recover.
Advocate for someone’s recovery, don’t shit on it. You’re not making it any easier.