I've been meaning to write a post about mental health for awhile now. Mental health is something that needs to be talked about, and why not start here. Yes, I deal with mental health issues, and it's something that has become a large part of my identity. Now, I can't really go into specifics about my own experiences, but I can tell you that I've been through hell and back. I deal with depression, anxiety, and many more things that I will have to deal with for the rest of my life. I've gone through really tough times, and I sure have found my way out.
Mental health is something that has become overly taboo, mostly because of how the media portrays it. Depression and anxiety (in particular) are things that almost everyone will have a glimpse of in their lifetime. What I think is the most valuable, is learning the tools to manage it now. First, I think that it is incredibly important to talk to someone you trust, because the worst thing you can do is let it build up inside of you. Seeing a therapist was something that changed my life. I understand that not everyone can afford a therapist, and that's why it's a good idea to talk to someone who you really trust instead. I would steer away from friends, but maybe finding a teacher at school that you trust, could be much better. Also, I find that it is great to keep a journal. I know it's hard at first, but you should only write in it when you want to- not when you feel like you have to. Here's another thing- find a hobby where you can release your emotions in a positive way (music, drawing, sports, etc.). Music, theater, and blogging, have helped me a ton!
The most important thing I learned while dealing with this, is that you are never alone. Now, I say this not to minimize how you feel (because everything you feel IS valid), but yet to show you that many people around you are probably dealing with similar things. This was really hard for me to fully understand at first, but it is oh so important.
Lastly, I want you all to know that I am a great resource to get advice from (not to toot my own horn haha). I am always available to answer your questions. And if you have gotten to a place where it seems there are more bad days that good days- I PROMISE THINGS WILL TURN AROUND! I have been there many times, and I totally understand what you are going through. If your last resort is suicide, please please give life another chance. It is so worth living. Things will get better, even if it is difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. My life got much better, and I promise yours will too.
Just incase, here is the suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-8255
I love you all so much, and please feel free to reach out.