Thursday, 4 February 2016

Health: #TimeToTalk Day 2016.

It's Time to Talk day. A day for talking about Mental Health (although that should be every day to be honest). But maybe take today to think about how you perceive those with mental health conditions. I have Bipolar, it can be crippling and painful and heartbreaking. It affects not just me but those around me.

Sometimes I'm not a very good friend, sometimes I cancel at the last minute, sometimes I can't afford stuff because I haven't been able to work because of my condition.

Sometimes I'm not a very good mum and that breaks my heart.

And sometimes I'm not a very good wife and that makes me wonder why he puts up with me.

It makes me question everything in my life, it makes me scared and unsure.

I spend a lot of time trying to hide all this and look like I've got my shit together. And sometimes I genuinely have. What I do is live the best life I can whilst living with my illness. And that is all anyone can do, in fact some days, just breathing is the best you can do and that is okay too.

Appearances can be deceptive, theres no one way to be a 'nutter', we don't all look the same, we're anything and everything, we're your friend, boss, postman and doctor. 1 in 4 people live with a mental health condition of some sort, yet the stigma surrounding it is still massively prevalent in society.

Stop judging and start understanding. It's #TimeToTalk




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