Mental Illness. It's diagnosis that can bring the best of us to our knees. It can make you question everything you thought you knew and loathe yourself like you never knew possible. I know this because I was on the brink of losing my life to a disease that made me miss out on the better half of 18 months. Throughout that time, I desperately wanted a space where I could learn about mental illness without feeling broken, judged or assessed. I never found that space. So here I am, creating it.
Depression is isolating, it is challenging, and it is bloody hard work. But depression is something you can get through and it does not have to be a death sentence.
If you're currently suffering, have suffered in the past, or will be the 1 in 5 that suffers in their lifetime; if you have a loved one currently going through depression, or thinking they might be heading that way; I invite you to this space with open arms.
I started this space as a way to start the conversation about depression and anxiety.
I knew I needed to speak up so there was a realistic and authentic platform where people could come and get information about depression and anxiety without feeling broken; where I could reveal what went on behind closed doors and why people with mental illness think and act the way they do, where I could help, even just a little bit, break down the stigma that causes so many to let depression end their life.
I’m here to say, that depression isn’t always what you think it is, and it can affect the most unsuspecting of people. I’m here to say that just because someone looks like they have their shit together, doesn’t mean they aren’t suffering. I’m here because depression affects 1 in 5 people and it causes thousands of people to commit suicide every year. I’m here because I was lucky enough to make it through and come out stronger, and not using that to help other people would be a complete disservice to myself and those struggling.
I’m here knowing full well that that an individual won’t be able to rid the world of mental illness.
But if I can help one person speak up or one less person suffer, then I'm one step closer to that goal.