I opened my Yogi Tea Friday and found this little quote:
Mental happiness is total relaxation.
I thought was perfect since it’s Mental Health Awareness Week!
I have not formally been diagnosed with a mental disorder due to the fact to being diagnosed with something else (not having to do with mental illness). I am now hesitant in going and finding another reason why I am the way I am. Receiving a diagnoses is both weight off your shoulders yet earth shattering at the same time.
For the time being, I am doing my best to work them out myself with the help of those around me. Though they can’t always physically be next to me, the surprise packages and letters, phone calls and simple texts helps. But I’ve also told myself that if it ever gets to that point, I’ll go out and find professional help.
Buzzfeed did a Mental Health Week worth of posts which flooded my Facebook. Mental illness isn’t something that can be seen physically therefore many do not understand it. But these videos and articles help to show how real it really is. And seeing these things gives me hope on so many levels which I’m sure is how others felt as well.
You are not alone.
Remember that the only thing you can do is to reassure and show them you still care, especially if you’re someone they can trust because it’s very rare. Here’s a post of 18 Ways You Can Help A Loved One Going Through a Hard Time.
Don’t ever stop caring.
Below are more Buzzfeed posts that popped on my Facebook that resonated with me personally though there are many others posts and sources that are great as well. Researching and trying to understand is the first step if you want to reach out and help those you love.