I’m happy you’re here

Fires, pandemics, earthquakes and more. There are so many things hammering away at our mental health. That’s why I’m happy you’re here.

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Hey, you. Yes you. I’m happy that you’re here. It’s been a long, hard road since Covid came along – don’t you think? And as if the pandemic weren’t horrible enough, the mental-illness tsunami behind it has made things even worse – a lot worse.

I know that personally, it pushed me to my limits. While my progress with PTSD and depression weren’t stellar, I felt safer. Didn’t you?

Furthermore, the everyday trials of life just seem so much larger, harder to handle. What’s worse, if you happen to fall ill, you spent your days alone, in hospital. When you add it all up, it’s no wonder depression and other mental health conditions are on the rise.

With all that said, I’m happy you’re still here.

To make matters worse, the purposeful and unnecessary division that has infected the globe, has set fire in our minds, and made us ill. Or, in some cases, even more so. What can be so important in our minds that we must tear one another apart and leave unity off the table as an option? This, I will never understand.

We are, after all, more similar than we are different.

Climate change, pandemics, division and more: it’s no wonder you’re struggling mentally. What’s more, is the everyday angst that comes with just trying to survive. A tough road but one you can overcome.

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Still, you are here and with that, comes an unlimited amount of opportunity. In my case, I am learning to think about what life gives us, rather than what life does to us. Furthermore, it’s only fair that we give attention to the gift of life – right?

To make matters worse, the purposeful and unnecessary division that has infected the globe has set fire in our minds and made us ill. Or, in some cases, even more so. What can be so important in our minds that we must tear one another apart and leave unity off the table as an option? This, I will never understand.

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While it can be difficult to see the unending potential life can serve up, it is, in fact, real. So, for example, if you were to sit down and write out all wonderful things you could do with your life, what would you write down? Would it look like a list filled with places you would like to travel? Or maybe it would be a list of things you’d want from a small plot of land. Once you get the creativity going and written out, beyond the sky is the limit!

So then, the right question to ask is, what do I have to do to achieve my goals? How do I turn blaming life into love it? What’s more, when you answer these questions, you need to go for it!

In these very problematic times, I argue that there is no better time to embrace living.

My life’s story, my battle against mental illness

The Road To Mental Wellness was an attempt to crawl out of the darkness and away from the debilitating symptoms of PTSD. At the time, I had little help, I was off work and was lost….”I am my work; I am a firefighter!” I said to myself, utterly convinced that my life had lost its meaning and hence, void of purpose.

So, I began to obsessively write out where I had gone wrong. I delved into my troubled childhood, my depressive teenaged years, and pondered what happened in my young adult life. What I found along the way, was a life-long battle with depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

What did I learn? Well, with each word I carefully tapped out on my archaic and outdated keyboard, was a step towards rediscovering my purpose… Helping others continues to be my passion!

Within the pages of my book, you may find your way again. At least this is my hope. As you turn the pages, you may very well see yourself. Additionally, my book tells the story of my lowest points but most importantly, it chronicles the methods I used to overcome said moments. I am alive today because I refuse to let depression, anxiety, and PTSD, own me. I will live to the max, in between the mental illness episodes – you can too!

Many who have read it, tell me that it’s done just that. Please know that mental illness isn’t the end, but maybe, it’s a brand-new beginning.

Lastly, you deserve to heal. And within the healing process, you need to include living what you love. I think if you can do this, you’ll be you too will be happy that you’re here.

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Reginald-Nixon Arenburg (Born January 14, 1976) is a Canadian mental health blogger, speaker, and published author. Retired from the fire service and long-term care fields, he has written and self-published an autobiographical account of his life-long battle with anxiety, depression and more recently, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Titled, The Road To Mental Wellness, he wrote it for what he calls “therapeutic release.” He published it in hopes it would help others going through similar mental health conditions. The sales of The Road To Mental Wellness have been steady selling over 300 copies since its release on October 10, 2021(World Mental Health Day). Arenburg has also been involved in a collaborative publication Called Lemonade Stand Volume III, a book featuring 20 authors who bravely tell their stories of PTSD. All authors where from the military and or emergency services. Published by Joshua Rivedal and Kathleen Myers for the i’Mpossible project, a mental health advocacy organization. Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health podcasts including The Depression Files, A New Dawn, and The Above Ground Podcast Arenburg has also consulted with the Government of Nova Scotia and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, the Honorable Brian Comer and Candidates for the New Democratic Party of Canada, on improving the mental health care system in Canada. Additionally, Jonathan was recognized in The Nova Scotia Legislature by the Honorable, Chris Palmer, Kings-North MLA, for his Book, The Road To Mental Wellness, his fight to make the mental health care system better. In addition, Chis acknowledged the support he gives to others.

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