Repeat After Me: Mental Health Is Not A Joke.

This blog is going to be more of a rant to hopefully create awareness on a subject I hold near and dear to my heart. Mental Health. I was going to write something fun this week, but over the last few days, we lost two celebrities. Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain both committed suicide this past week. I have Kate Spade bags, wallets, phone cases, and even a planner at one point. She is one of my favorite designers and I was devastated to hear the news. Later in the week, the world lost Anthony Bourdain. I was just recently watching clips from Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on the Travel Channel.

I have seen and heard people say things like “That is so selfish of them to kill themselves.” and “Why would you kill yourself if you have everything going for you?” Those people obviously do not understand the problem people today have with mental health.

If you follow my blogs, you know that I have struggled with mental health issues in the past. I am better now, but it took me leaving behind toxic situations and people, and getting much needed help. I struggled with depression, anxiety, and PTSD after an accident I was in. I am still sometimes haunted by the smells and screams from the accident. This leads me to my point. If you have never been in this situation, DO NOT SAY THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS DEPRESSION TO THE POINT OF SUICIDE.

Although I wish I could say there is no such thing, there is. I got help when mine was barreling toward the point of no return. A lot of people don’t have that help. When they ask for it, no one comes to listen. Look at Chester Bennington’s cries for help in his songs. You can feel the pain in his voice. However, no one heard.

I am tired of hearing people say that those with mental health issues are just looking for attention…. REALLY? This is the most ridiculous thing I have heard. Why do people not treat mental illness like they do physical illness? It blows my mind.

When people are so deep into their mental illness, it distorts their perception of things. They believe that it is the best thing for them and their families if they were gone. To them, they would rather be dead than live this life. It breaks my heart, but it is truly what they think.

We need to help instead of judge.

Trust me. I have had 8 surgeries, parathyroid disease, thyroid cancer, dislocated my knee twice, broken my arm, gotten a concussion….. NONE of it (combined) was more painful than dealing with a mental illness.

If you are struggling, please know that you are loved. Please know that there are people who want to help. Know that there are so many people in or that have been in your shoes. You have so much more life left to live! Remember, before a rainbow is the storm. It may be a hurricane or a tornado of a storm. It may have left behind so much damage that you may think it is not worth it to rebuild. However, that rainbow will come and you will build something even better in its place!

If you are thinking about commiting suicide, there is help. Call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the Suicide Prevention Hotline.

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