Two years ago I opened up about my past issues with depression, eating disorders, anxiety, and how I almost committed suicide when I was young ( you can read the story 12kindsofkindness.com, step 4 & 5). This was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, but also liberating. I’ve since realized how common these issues are, and I started @letstalkaboutmentalhealth .
Over the last days with the devastating losses of #katespade & #anthonybourdain I see many people telling people with mental health issues to reach out, to come forward with their issues. However looking back, I’ve realized during the worst stages of depression reaching out would have been almost impossible. It took years of recovery to get to a place where I could reach out, where I felt comfortable telling my story and admitting my struggles. In the depths of depression or suicidal feelings reaching out is often not doable, depression mutes your ability to reach out. The only thing that saved me was someone who reached out to me and my family who got me proper treatment. I was lucky that my family had the money to pay treatment out of pocket back then because insurance didn’t cover it, without that I may not be alive.
We can’t always expect for people who are extremely ill to reach out. We should reach out to others and check in on those who are struggling and encourage them to get proper care. We need to be kind and empathetic to everyone because we never know what anyone else is going through. And more than anything we need to fight for an overhaul of our mental health institutions and how our government views mental health. We need to remove the stigma & make treatment accessible/affordable. In the USA right now, Trump & GOP is trying to destroy Obamacare and cut funding for mental health programs. Insurance tries not to cover mental illness as a pre-existing condition, and when they do it’s often not the right kind of care. High deductibles make access to therapy impossible for many. We need to fight & demand better. Companies need to treat mental illness days just like physical Illness. We need to elect people moving forward who will create change... #endthestigma #letstalkaboutmentalhealth