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18 days ago

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Let’s talk - Mental Health

Over 18 months ago I hit my lowest point. I had no more positive thoughts left to give and I knew something felt very wrong. I sought help from my GP and got my first ever mental health care plan. I was diagnosed with depression, started taking antidepressants (which I never envisioned having to do) and I had to reshape what my everyday life looked like. I have to say, whilst that period was a dark time for me, I learned some extremely valuable lessons. I learned: - how to ask for help - how to recognise the red flags - how to identify triggers - how to say no when my plate felt too full After 12 months of treatment, I finally started coming out of the fog 🌫 and finding my feet again. I gradually reduced my psychology sessions and medication and reached a place where I felt like me again. Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed some red flags. I can feel the fog creeping back. Instead of waiting for the snap, I’ve been proactive in reaching out for support. Last Thursday I had my first session back with my psychologist and I know I’ve made a good decision for me. I still feel how I feel, but I also know that I have support and tools there for me. Mental health is ESSENTIAL for us to talk about. I share my story, my raw experience, I’m the hope you know you can too. How are you feeling? Do you need support? There are many avenues for support out there, we just need to know where to look and what to ask for xx
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18 days ago

I’m glad you’ve booked an appointment and that you can recognise your signs. That’s huge! I was first diagnosed with depression at 14. It’s been a loooong bumpy, and scary ride. I’ve been medicated for it for 20 years and know I always will be, and that’s ok. It’s only really in the last 9 or so months I have been able to recognise my signs and actively work to help myself. I have an amazing psychologist, I’ve been through a lot but I have found the perfect one for me. I also see a psychiatrist things get really bad. I have a tool belt full to the brim with different things to help me. I have learned to ask for help, or to reach out to talk to someone when my instinct is to hide. The kindship community have been an absolutely massive part of me feeling like I can manage my depression and anxiety. I will be eternally grateful to those who have helped me. I’m no longer embarrassed by my mental illness. I am proud of myself everyday for living with it 💜

18 days ago

Thanks for sharing your story!! Two years ago I felt the same. I’d had so little decent sleep for years and the unpredictable nature of my family and their health conditions was super challenging for me. I felt like I was ruining my relationship as I was giving my kids everything with not much left for anybody else, including my partner. There’s so many options. I wish they were free from stigma. Nobody deserves to feel like that. I’m glad you got help ❤️

17 days ago

I’m feeling this same way right now. It’s all too much right now. I have just seen my gp for a mental health care plan but now am struggling to find a psychologist. Thank you for sharing, it is comforting to know that I’m not alone xx

17 days ago

I’m feeling this same way right now. It’s all too much right now. I have just seen my gp for a mental health care plan but now am struggling to find a psychologist. Thank you for sharing, it is comforting to know that I’m not alone xx

16 days ago

well done on recognising the red flags that in itself is huge. i myself have started medication again after feeling similar lately after quite a few years of not needing too. we will get there Sandy it’s hard juggling as much as what we do and we need to remember to be kind to ourselves also. after all we are human too xx

18 days ago

Let’s talk - Mental Health
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