Anonymous asked: Have you ever experience depression/mental illness? If so, what has helped you?
This is a pretty personal question but I wanted to answer it because I’d like to advocate for all people experiencing depression or any kind of mental illness. I think that it’s important to take care of ourselves. Just like we make sure we eat and get enough sleep and get exercise, it’s important to take care of our mental selves.
If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or any kind of disruptions in their mental health, talk to your doctor about seeking psychological help. It’s important to be aware and educated about what is going on within us, so this is a great place to start.
Another resource is 211. It’s like ‘411’ but for social services. This resource can connect you with appropriate services for whatever your issue might be and does so considering your geographical location. [This is only for people in the USA unfortunately.] For anyone else abroad, I recommend starting online and going from there. It might take some effort before you find what you need, but it’ll be worth it in the end.
Certain mental health issues can be sorted through on your own, but many of them, depending on each situation, may need professional intervention and there is no shame in that.
As far as my personal mental health goes, I can say that I have struggled with some really dark moments in my life, due to family issues, deaths in my family, and other regular life challenges, and I have had to seek mental health help on many occasions. Other times I have done more simple things to get myself out of these dark places like:
- going for a run
- taking a dance class
- taking to a friend
- hugging my dogs
- taking a nap
I deeply believe in the power of therapy but I also believe in finding whatever works for you. Get the help you need and remember that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.