Happy world mental health day!
I cant believe another ones rolled around already! Doesnt seem that long ago since last years one was upon us!
I was going to go to the basement club today. They are having a BBQ to celebrate. However I am not going now. I am going to the information morning though for the mental health in the community college course that is starting in january. I think its very apt that the info morning is actually happening on world mental health day.
I hope its good! I am excited to see what it is all about!
Here in ireland, there was a budget yesterday, its where our govnerment talks about how they’ll spend their funds for the next year, what they’ll invest them in etc. I was hopeful that they’d put more into mental health and services to help people with mental ill health. Unfortunately though they didnt!
Its awful that the mental health services are so under funded! How does the government expect people to cope? To live? To deal with mental illness in a constructive way? In a way that more people are abl e to talk about it, and not feel stigmatised or scared of rejection?
I urge you today on this world mental health day, that if your not ok, get help. Talk about it. Its ok not to feel ok. It is ok to ask for help. We all need it at some point in ou r lives. Its ok, honestly. Dont be afraid to ask. The help is out there.
We need to end the stigma of mental illness. We need to do it here and now!
So with that, what are you going to do to try to end stigma? Do you think having a day and week to celebrate world mental health is important? Do share in the comments!
I woke up at six, despite going to bed after 2 AM. I just wasnt able to sleep any longer so got up. I am feeling very off today. Not doing well at all. I’ve decided not to go volunteering. I just dont feel up to it. I wouldnt be any use to anyone. I am feeling too depressed. I also feel fragile and I think hearing about others problems would only set me off further. So I wont go. I will ring my supervisor when she gets into work and let her know. I made myself make some breakfast. I really didnt feel up to eating or making food, but I pushed myself to do it. Its not even 8 AM here yet. I think its going to be a long day. Also the weather is crap outside. Its very windy and threatening to rain. I just let nitro out and fed him so at least I managed to see to his needs. He is important to me so I am glad I was able to see to him. My friend texted me during the night. She was worried as she texted me yesterday after my therapy session and I didnt reply to her. Truth is I was too tired to talk then. I probably should have replied to just let her know I was ok. She worries for us at this time of year because she knows its hard for us. I replied this morning. I apologised for not replying to her message sooner. I need to shower but I just dont feel like it. I know thats gross. I probably will, I just have to muster up the energy. I feel too lethargic and too depressed. Im not sure where the depression is coming from. Other than the time of year but not sure what else is causing it. All I know is I feel so awful. Feel really low and like I couldnt be bothered like I dont care about anything. Ug I hope this doesnt last for too long. Its exhausting.
What in your opinion is the best way to end the stigma surrounding mental illness?
For me its writing, talking, just opening up about it. Telling my story. Making mental health a hot topic. Talking about it with other people.
For me, that is how we will combat stigma.
Still dont feel great. I did go out, I went to the basement club. I did host lunch there today. That went ok. I managed to talk to the coordinator about an issue I had to discuss with her. A friend of mine whose also blind wanted to join the basement club, but she knows and has worked with the coordinator in the past, and she was thinking that might be an issue, so she asked me to ask her, which I did, and no, there is no issue. So thats good. I did enjoy being at the basement club. It got me out of the house, it distracted me a little bit from my own thoughts and feelings. I needed that. NowI am home its back to overthinking everything. I just am not feeling good this afternoon. I dont know what to do with myself. I feel agitated and kinda overstimulated. I guess I’ll go read some blogs. I need to try to catch up on them. I’m way behind in my blog reading lately.
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