Chapter 1 – A Precursor To Illness
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The Road To Mental Wellness – First ever blog post
Welcome to the Road To Mental Wellness, a blog that I created to tell my story, a story of my long arduous battle that I have been an unwilling participant in my entire life.
The very act of making my story public wasn’t and still isn’t an easy one. Despite this, It’s imperative that I do so, so I can continue down the road to mental wellness.
Welcome to the Road To Mental Wellness, a blog that I created to tell my story; a story of my long arduous battle, that of depression, anxiety and PTSD.
You see, doing nothing about my illnesses wasn’t and still isn’t an option for me. If it’s do or die, I’m going to choose to do, every time. The idea for this blog came to me after I began to write a book on my own struggles with mental illness. You see, I was so debilitated by my illnesses that I had little choice but to take leave from work and do whatever I had to do to get well again.
With that in mind, I put my energy into this book project as an attempt at a therapeutic intervention; while at the same time seeking many other avenues to wellness. Equally important, it gave me purpose while I waited to hear from a mental health professional.
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It was while writing this book, I decided to share my ideas with close friends and family. Their feedback ignited a passion in me. One that simply said; “you need to take this project a bit further, to look beyond yourself. So, The Road To Mental Wellness was born.
Frustrated by the way mental health is handled, I began sharing pieces of the book to with even more people, looking for feedback. This was to see if I was accurately communicating what I wanted my blog’s message to be. More than that, I wanted to gauge just how large the problem really is.
Even though my intent was to gauge how people felt about mental illness, what I discovered during the feedback sessions was this: Other people were more than willing to open up about their own journeys. As long as they felt safe to do so.
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Furthermore, they also told me they felt like the book could help many others because it is a first-hand account, not a professional with a clinical background in mental illness. The readers felt that it could potentially be more relatable, more real, and thus help more people.
As the sample readers with their own mental health challenges bravely opened up to me, I started to see commonalities within their stories. And upon learning of their struggles, I set out to talk with many others about my own challenges with mental health. I thought, “I might as well tell more people if it would help others discuss tell theirs.” In doing so, it quickly became apparent to me that I wasn’t the only one who needed a voice in this silent epidemic.
“I hope that we can bridge the gap, erode the stigma and create an alliance that helps everyone!”
Sadly, most of those I talked to who are suffering from one mental described feeling fearful, lonely, isolated and dis-empowered.
A good example of what perpetuates one’s fear of speaking out is losing one’s job. Unfortunately, if people were to be honest about their illness, this could happen; a risk they don’t want to take. Therefore, they remain silent. A sad truth, one that I became emboldened to battle.
So… Being that my lifelong passion has been in helping others, I felt compelled by this mission. Fuelled by the commonalities of the suffers fears, coupled with being just plan tired of felling the same myself.
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I decided that it was go time; time to face my own fears; fears that were echoed by the of many and say F**k it! For all these reasons, I started to chronicle my ups and downs, on Facebook in the form of pictures and videos.
They display my good and my bad days. My hope is that those who sit in the shadows can see that they are but one of many.