May is Mental Health Awareness Month

I haven’t written a blog post in a long time, but I suppose if there is anything is worthy of writing about in my first blog post in a while it is mental health.

There is so much I have to say on mental health and it was hard for me to decided what to write about. I could write information for those who don’t about depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and much more. I could write about coping mechanisms. I could write about signs of mental illness. I could even write about my own mental health experiences. However, I’m not going to write about any of those things (at least, not today). Instead, I have a message for those that are currently suffering.

Dear Reader,

I don’t know what’s going on in your life right now, but I’m certain that it’s difficult. I know it may be overwhelming and hard to do even the simplest of tasks. It may be work to read this note. It can feel like you’re drowning or that you have a weight that you have to carry with you day after day. You may feel tired and weak, but, I beg you, please carry on.

I don’ t know you, but I know that I love you. Now, please don’t make excuses for why I’m wrong, because you can’t change my mind. You’re a human being, therefore I want you on this earth even on your darkest days. I know others in your life feel the same way I do even if you don’t believe it.

Please don’t listen to inner critic. They’re wrong and a bad influence. You should stop hanging out with them. You are not the horrible things that your mind is telling you that you are, so stop believing it.

I want you to read this and believe it: YOU ARE NOT A BURDEN. I know you may feel like one when you’re struggling, but you’re not. You as a person are much more important and mean much more than your struggle. People love you, so believe me when you read that YOU ARE NOT A BURDEN.

You may feel ashamed of your struggles. You may feel ashamed at reading this right now. That’s why you should know that you have nothing to be ashamed of. Nobody will judge you for your mental health. If people can openly talk about getting a colonoscopy with no shame, you should be able to talk about your mental struggles with no shame. It’s okay not to be okay.

People are not entitled to hearing about your struggles. You don’t have to tell anybody anything if you don’t want to or are too exhausted to do so. That is okay. There is no pressure and no expectations.

You are strong. You are strong for fighting a mental war all day every day.

Your war may be gruesome, but there will be an end, so, I beg you, please keep fighting. I know it’s hard.

Here is a phone number to call for help (a.k.a. the suicide prevention hotline): 1-800-273-8255

Stay strong and keep fighting,

Paige Mulder

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