“Mental Health – a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being” – such a simple definition for something so fragile and complicated.
Mental health illnesses are life-altering conditions, yet often, they are completely under funded and wrongly treated. They are just as important, if not more so, than a physical health condition. And this is coming from someone who has both.
It is said that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health illness in their lifetime, however this is based on number of people who go to the doctor and ask for help. Think how many people you know who have struggled with their mental health but refuse to go see someone for help. Or those people that can’t face telling anyone (this is very true of young men who don’t seek help and sadly end up committing suicide). Mental health illness are very real and are affecting millions of people every day. Myself included.
I’ve had mental health illnesses in the form of depression for as long as I can remember, and in the last few years anxiety has joined the team. These crippled me for a long time, and I truly believe that they were the main cause of the break down of my last relationship. Overwhelmed by pain, my mental health deteriorated and my relationship with it.
Since then, I have gone through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and it honestly taught me so much about myself, why I was feeling the way I was, and how to stop negativity spreading. More recently, I’ve started Acceptance Therapy, learning to accept the pain that I’m feeling before it triggers the fight or flight mode and sends me spiralling in to the Pain/Stress Cycle (I know, they really put a lot of thought in to that name right?).
I am now a trained Mental Health First Aider, full of a wealth of personal experience and a heck load of text book knowledge, and I’m here to help. I can’t fix all of your problems, but I can maybe make them a little easier to bear.
Zoë Louise Mason x