I was asked recently why I share so many posts regarding mental health via TWLOHA, The Mighty, The Semicolon Project, etc. on my personal social media accounts. My answer: To educate, to spread awareness, and to bring people hope. When I first began experiencing mental health I had no idea what was going on. I had no idea what depression was, what anxiety was, I had no idea what brain chemical deficiencies/malfunctions were, what they could make you do, think, and crave; I thought I was going crazy. I was fifteen. No one had ever talked to me about mental health. My friends didn’t know anything about it. I didn’t understand. They didn’t understand. I was alone. It was a long, difficult road learning everything on my own. Many mistakes were made. Things could’ve went very differently for me had I known about mental health beforehand. A lot of setbacks could have been avoided. So, why do I advertise mental health as much as I do? I do so in hopes that I can save someone from having to go through the same learning process struggles that I went through. If I can help prepare even one person for those difficulties I’ll have done the job I feel I am called to do. If I can help one person learn from my experiences, that is all I want.
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