It’s Time To Talk Day.
You might not know what that is. It’s a campaign set up by Time To Change in 2014 for people to converse about mental health. It falls on the first Thursday of February.
Readers of this blog (and possibly of David’s blog FoldsFive) may be aware that I have suffered on and off with my mental health for years, suffering severe depression leading to suicidal tendencies, extreme self-loathing, issues with my general appearance (and no, not that I’m just obese, general actual hatred of myself, my face etc.), feelings of low self-worth, feeling like a failure because I can’t conceive… I could go on.
My point is this: today, I’m in a brilliant place, mentally. I may occasionally get the odd wobble at times (but who doesn’t?), the odd dark day but I still manage to get up and out, put a brave face on it. I’m still on medication, and to be honest, I can’t really see a point when I won’t be. But I firmly believe that the reason I am now living, rather than just existing is because I shared my problems: I talked, I blogged, I had a CPN, I had a psychologist, I spoke with friends and family.
It can difficult opening up, I know that; but try and take that first step, you don’t have to speak to someone you know, you could use Mind, Childline, Samaritans or Silverline. You don’t have to go through it alone. There will always be someone to listen. Someone will always have time for you to talk.
Please, just talk.
I love you all.