here’s when i’m experiencing “good” mental health.
and then seemingly, suddenly, it all becomes too much.
if you’re experiencing a mental crisis in bc, you have to go to the emergency room to receive ridicule and a quick once over from a psych doctor who will push pills at you, a label at best, and then push you out the door. if you’re lucky, or really “tragic,” you get on a wait list for therapy. after years of waiting, maybe you get into group therapy, which doesn’t address your needs specifically and can often make you think you’re carrying issues that aren’t yours. maybe you are privileged to afford your own therapy, which comes at a long search of finding the right fit, worse than attempting a tinder match. there are many forms of therapy and learning and un-learning and too many people just don’t have access or the funds at this point, and it makes it seem like not a soul cares. had i received ANY resources at all as a child or youth, maybe i would have had a chance at healing earlier or awareness and accepting responsibility. most people turn to coping mechanisms, all which are too long to list and depressing in their own right. then, society judges you and calls you “crazy” without understanding where you’ve come from, where you’ve been, and how you’ve processed it all [or not]. the @cmha_bc’s bounce back program aims at helping you access tools for your mental health, absolutely free. no wait lists. no discrimination. check out their program online for cognitive behavioural therapy or tell a young person that you love and care about [70% of mental health problems start in childhood or adolescence]. let’s help young people navigate the shit storm of our minds early. and as adults or if this is new, we have to learn to get ahead of it, if we can. you are never alone and there is someone who cares about past, present, and future you [it’s me]. also, mental wellness is not a fucking trend or a fad or just a hashtag, and sometimes the conversations around it need to be offline.