Mental Health

Sharing My Story

We all need to take care of our mental health. If we have back problems we go to a Doctor. If we suffer from diabetes we go to a Doctor. If we have depression history has shown we are often told to stay quiet and “get over it”. This has lead to people becoming socially isolated, or even committing suicide as a result of the struggles they can no longer bare.

Admitting that we have a mental health challenge should not be seen as a weakness, but instead be recognized as a strength and healthy self-awareness. I’m a person that’s lived with mental challenges since I was a child. This lead to constant bullying at school, rejection from my family and I eventually hid myself from society because I grew tired of everyone singling me out as a failure.

Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, anxiety or any other diagnosis are nothing to joke about. I am grateful that as I near 30 years of age, I have been able to live a self-directed life and have been free of medication or dependence of mental health professionals for over 10 years. Are they important? Of course! I am a strong believer of establishing goals that don’t develop a dependence of any resources, we should instead see them as support systems that promote a better future for us. My psychologist helped me. My mother helped me. You know who also helped me? Myself.

Speaking at a Recovery Month Press Conference in Washington DC. (2013)

We need to learn to appreciate what we can do for our own lives and love ourselves. In my journey, I’ve obtained many tools that support my path of recovery. I’ve also had the privilege to travel across the nation to inspire others and once developed a short film based on my story.

I want to be open and real about what has helped me, because it could help you. Most importantly, sharing my story lets you know you are not alone. Millions of people suffer from mental health challenges and it’s time we all do our part to make mental health be as much of a priority as any other aspect of our health.

The pilot Podcast episode is a 20 minute session where I share brief details about myself and where my journey began. I hope to follow a similar format for future editions.

I would love to know what you think of it, so don’t be afraid to leave a comment here or in the Youtube video.

 

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