You can call me late for the party, you can call me whatever you want (just don’t call me crazy) because I know it’s the end of the day and I’m finally posting about this very special and important day. Today is World Mental Health Day!
To commemorate the day I went to my semi-annual appointment with my psychiatrist. (Okay, so I’ve actually had the appointment set for six months, without realizing the significance of the date until a couple of weeks ago). The appointment went well, we chatted about things, you know, the usual. He knows about my blog and reads it/has read it (shout out Dr M!) and told me again how much he likes it and that he thinks it’s “high quality.” We talked about things in the media, in the news and in society regarding mental health. When he started writing my prescriptions, he wrote the date on the first one and when I saw the “10-10″ it clicked in my head again about it being World Mental Health Day and I said it out loud to him. He looked at me over his glasses and smiled and said “I’m aware” and let out a little laugh. Awesome.
I started this blogging journey about 6 months ago and it’s been a really good experience. I’ve had all positive feedback. I really thought people would hate me and that I’d lose friends. The truth is, I gained friends over the bond of understanding and experiencing mental health. Read my “coming out” post here, back in the beginning. I literally wrote
“I hope I don’t lose friends over this, y’all. People will always say “if you lose friends over this, they aren’t your “real friends”…” and as true as that is, it would still hurt. Either way, I’m opening myself up. Take me for who I am.”
Thank you for taking me for who I am.
Today, on World Mental Health Day, and tomorrow, and the next day, and then some day next week, when it’s just another day– I hope that you’ll continue to embrace me, embrace mental health and show love and support for someone you know with a mental illness.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if 1-in-4 people suffer from a mental illness, that means we all know someone who does. It’s likely someone close to you. Be that person to accept and support someone who is hurting, but because of the nasty stigma attached to mental illness, wouldn’t otherwise seek help. You be that help.
Happy World Mental Health Day, friends,
Keep the conversation going,
With many thanks,