"Mental illness is like fighting a war where the enemy's strategy is to convince you that the war isn't actually happening."
Mental illness is hard, it's messy, and it can make you feel completely alone. It convinces you that you are not sick, that you are lazy, that you don't need help, that you just need to get over it, and that it's all in your head. Well, I am here to tell you that it is all in your head! But not in the belittling way that the last statement suggests. Mental illness is science; it's chemicals, genetics, psychology and physiology. That’s it. Period. It does not tell you how much you are worth, how smart you are, the type of friend, son, mother, or grandfather you are. Mental illness is like any physical illness, and it should be treated that way.
Mind at Ease wants to let you know that your struggles are real and valid. It is okay to not be okay, but we are also here to tell you that you deserve to get help. You deserve recovery. To me, recovery is not an event: it is a state of mind. Recovery does not mean that your illness is magically gone, because that's not how mental illness works. I believe that the moment you decide to seek help, start working on yourself, and are actively helping yourself, you are in recovery. The mental health community on social media often shows the recovery side of mental illness, but it is rarer to see those still suffering. Here at Mind at Ease, we are open to everybody, both those in recovery and those still suffering from poor mental health or mental illness.
Mind at Ease is for everyone because 5 in 5 people have mental health. Everyone needs to take care of their mental health in order to remain healthy. Just as you can have a mental illness and be mentally healthy, you can also not have a mental illness but be mentally unhealthy. You do not need a diagnosis to take care of your mental health
Faces of Mental Health is here to represent everybody. Whether you are suffering or living with mental illness, supporting somebody with a mental illness, or dealing with poor mental health, Mind at Ease is here to support you. Faces of Mental Health is here to represent you and share your story to help others understand and learn about mental health.
Please read these stories with an open mind and open heart. It takes a lot of courage to open up in such a public way so please be kind and supportive towards those who have shared. We are not here to seek attention, to ask you to feel sorry for us or 'brag' about our struggles. Although mental illness sucks and I would never wish it upon somebody else, I have grown a lot because of it and have a new appreciation for happiness. We are all open to educating others about mental health and illness, so if you have questions feel free to leave comments on their posts (as long as they are respectful), or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would prefer to ask an anonymous question.
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Don't forget to breathe.