Mental illness

Breaking the stigma around mental illness

Yesterday I did something completely liberating and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I took a massive step and admitted on my Facebook that I am recovering from a mental breakdown. Some people may see that writing a status admitting this as attention seeking or even over sharing, but for me I think it’s so important to lift the stigma around mental illness. Anyone who reads my blog knows what I have been dealing with, but putting a status on Facebook is as subtle as standing in a crowded room and shouting it for everyone to hear.

The reasons why I have taken this bold move was because I can’t stand uncomfortable silences, they make me anxious and make me talk crap to fill them. I’m going to have to face going back to work on Friday after nearly a month off and would prefer knowing that everyone knows what has happened and they can either say nothing or if they want they can talk to me. By being honest and open I am telling people I am not scared of this and also this illness has not defined me. I am still Michelle, wife, mother of two sprogs, Technical Assistant and part-time blogger. Nothing has changed besides me going mental, recognising it and seeking help. Why should I hide that? Why should I be ashamed?

By being honest I have had so much from support and love from people who I really think has been key to my recovery. The more we talk about mental illness, the more people become comfortable and the more normalised it becomes. The more I’ve read into mental illnesses the more I’ve come to understand and appreciate it. The human mind is so much more complex than we know and they still don’t understand it completely.

1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem each year in the UK so for anyone to think now with the knowledge we have on this subject that it doesn’t exist or you can just get over it is just ignorant. I can’t just brush it under the carpet and pretend it is not there. It is part of my life and I am trying my best to overcome it and if I can help some people along the way, then that is even better.

Today I have been discharged from the CRISIS team at hospital and will be now having support through the community mental health team. I take medication every day and cannot see myself coming off these anytime soon and will be starting counselling in December. I have things in place to get better and I have support. I am confident that I can and will get better. Read steps to get help with postnatal depression

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28 thoughts on “Breaking the stigma around mental illness

  1. Well done, I know how hard it is to tell people when you are suffering from mental illness, I think talking about it really helps not only to break down stigma but also to get our feelings out there. It has been 2 years since I was at my lowest, blogging for me has been the best thing I could have done to help me through. Counselling was also great, we need someone to talk to. I also found walking, and meditation helpful. I am so proud of you xx
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  2. Well done lovely, such a huge step and I want to say brave but I know there is probably a better word for it. I wish more awareness out there and more acknowledgement around mental health. You’re doing a great job! Thank you l for linking up to #familyfun
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  3. You did a great thing by sharing your experiences with everyone who knows you on FB – not attention seeking or oversharing at all, just letting people know honestly what’s been going on. Well done. I’m pleased that you have all the support in place that you need and good luck with the return to work. x #familyfun

  4. I think you need to do what is best for you and what helps yo recover. You have taken such a huge step in seeking help and trying to make things better and no one should judge the way in which you choose to do it. Good luck back at work lovey. Thanks for sharing at #familyfun xx

  5. I wish my company would be so sympathetic as yours. Well done for announcing it, speaking out is taking steps to erasing the stigma and letting people realise that it is more common than they thought.
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  6. Incredibly brace post and well done hope you are fully on the mend big hugs Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

  7. Wow, that must of been such a liberating moment for you! How brave and sincere! I’m sure you are surrounded by many that are super proud of you! Its a fantastic way to start the conversation that will hopefully lead to more people understanding and showing support to anyone that battles with mental illness! Thank you for sharing! #globalblogging
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  8. Hi Michelle, I think it is a very brave and honest thing to admit that you have a mental health problem. I think that coming out with your problem in public is actually one step towards recovery. I also understand why it is a liberating feeling to write about it. I too have suffered with post natal depression and ongoing anxiety/depression since the birth of my child 4 years ago. Unfortunately I haven’t yet been able to actually write about it on my blog yet. But hopefully one day I will be able to share how I have felt. #DreamandSparkle

  9. Completely agree. Why should you have to hide something like that? I think the more it’s talked about the better because it becomes more normalized and more woman feel comfortable talking about it and therefore more woman get better. Thank you so much for sharing with #GlobalBlogging!
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  10. Oh my lovely you’ve taken so many brave steps! It is so hard putting it out there in front of everyone but now it’s out there you can just focus on looking after you and not having to feel any of the guilt or explain yourself. I really hope the counselling sessions go well too. Sending hugs. Thanks so much for being brave enough to share your story with us at #DreamandSparkle this week
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  11. Good for you! I appreciate that you shared and that you have had great support. And I wish you the best moving forward. Both my kids have mental issues and when they see others standing up they as if they are not alone. I do too. May you be blessed indeed!

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