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A Few Important Thoughts On Mental Health

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Whilst starting this impromptu post, I'm cwtched up in bed under my duvet and mega soft throw with the fairy lights on and a cup of tea nestled on top of my current read, "Fangirl". Major cosiness. Today is mental health awareness day and although I didn't plan to be posting, it's one of those nights where I just need to sit and write. 


All day I've scrolled through tweets, instagrams, and news artices telling me how important mental health is and it's made me stop and think about it in even more depth than usual. It's something I feel is very close to my heart, having experienced my own problems with anxiety, panic attacks and depression. And I know a lot of people who struggle too. A scarily large number actually. Even though it's something on my mind quite often, days like these are when I really take time to appreciate its true impact on people like myself. When the conversation is even louder on the likes of social media and the news, you really stop to consider what it all really means. I just wanted to jot down some quick and simple points that have been on my mind after taking it all in throughout the day.

  • We all have mental health, and a lot of people have problems with it that go beyond anxiety and depression. Those people are equally as important.
  • Your mental health is just as important and serious as your physical health.
  • Struggling with your mental health doesn't make you weak.
  • Struggling with your mental health doesn't mean you're a failure.
  • Speaking out about what you're going through may be terrifying, but you're never a burden.
  • You're never the only one.
  • Whether you're male, female, young or old, any issues regarding your mental wellbeing are equally as valid.
  • Anyone who tells you to get on with it or pull yourself together can fuck off.
  • You'll most likely encounter ignorant, narrow minded and insensitive people. They're the ones with the problem, not you. They're judgemental because they're uneducated and are lucky enough not to have been affected by poor mental health.
  • It's easier said than done but don't ever feel ashamed. There's so much support out there, you just need to get past that first hurdle of looking for it.
  • There's immense strength in speaking to people about how you're feeling.
  • It's good to have a cry.
  • Everybody is different; some people swear by CBT, some people couldn't praise anti-depressants enough. Improving your mental health is an extremely personal and individual process so listen to your body and instinct.
  • The cliches are cliches for a reason. You ARE loved, you ARE wanted, you ARE so worth it.
Some Very Helpful Services:

Childline
TEL: 0800 1111

MIND
TEL: 0300 123 3393

Samaritans
TEL: 116123

For Anxiety/OCD/PTSD



For Depression/Suicide/Self Harm



For Eating Disorders/BDD




For Schizophrenia/BPD/Bipolar Disorder 



It's so important that you don't bottle it all up, trust me it never does any good. Talk to someone, whether it's a family member face to face, a counsellor, or even a person on childline's online chat.

My DM's on social media are always open for people who need help or advice. I'm no expert but I know quite a bit from my own experiences.

Liv x

10 comments:

  1. Thank you for this post! There has always been such a stigma around mental health, but the more people that open up about it, the more they'll inspire other people to have the courage to do the same! All the best xx

    rachelemmablog

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    1. No problem at all, I'm more than happy to talk about it. I agree about the stigma issue, it's all wrong and it's such a shame people don't understand or take it seriously. Thank you xx

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  2. This was a brilliant post to read, it's so important to raise awareness and let people know that they aren't alone x

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  3. This is such a great post with some real beneficial advice! I love how you included links to helpful sites and helplines x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I love this post! It's so important to spread awareness and talk about mental health! :)

    www.letmecrossover.blogspot.com

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    1. I think so too, it's such an important topic!!

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  5. Such a brilliant post. I think more people with public platforms should bring up the importance of mental health!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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