I have to work every single day to be myself and to fight for my dreams, but it helps to write about my journey and to know that I’m not alone. I hope that my story, or one of the other stories out there about mental illness, help people going through the pain of living with an illness that we still know so little about.
Even though it makes me wildly uncomfortable, I know it’s important to talk about mental illness, which is why I’m not going to shut up this month! I plan to spread the word in-person and online, and I want you to join me.
What I didn’t realize when starting the film was that it is about someone with a mental illness. I thought it would be some funny indie film that I wouldn’t 100% get, but it wasn’t. Instead, it was a really disappointing ride of emotions.
See, anxiety is not always visible. Panic attacks aren’t always loud. Sometimes, you just feel frozen or slightly nauseous or like a weight is on your chest, and if you aren’t used to it, you may not even know that what you’re experiencing is anxiety.
Let people know that World Mental Health Day is a thing and that it matters just as much as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Down Syndrome Awareness Month and AIDS Awareness Month and every real-life issue that we talk about.
What do you do when the things you know should work just aren’t? When you’re stuck in an overwhelming fog that just won’t seem to clear, what is the answer?