Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Usually, when we think of health we think about exercise and what we are putting into our bodies. When we think about health, we usually don’t think about our mental or emotional health. But, it’s just as important.

This week my heart has been so heavy after the loss of my friend. He was a firecracker who always had a smile on his face. Even if you were mad at him, you wouldn’t stay mad long. He was so aware of his surroundings, and how he treated others. It was so important for him to respect others and treat them with kindness and compassion. He was a shining light in so many lives, even if he could find a light of his own. He was a believer in living your life to the fullest –to do as much as you can with the time you’re are given.

My friend had bi-polar disorder, and unfortunately the disease took his life far too young.  He advocated for mental illness, and wanted everyone to feel that they were enough, that they would get through difficult times, and that there is more to life than the superficial things.

That being said, please, if you feel upset in any way, talk to someone. If you feel alone, talk to someone. If you feel like you are not enough, talk to someone. You are never alone. Life has ups and downs. There will always be a light after the darkness.

It is time that we tear down the negative connotation that is tied to mental illness. It IS a disease, a chemical imbalance in the brain. It is not something that you bring upon yourself.

“Do not lose hope, please believe that there are a thousand beautiful things waiting for you. Sunshine comes to all who feel rain” – R.M. Drake

 

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