Thursday, October 10, 2019

World Mental Health Day

Hello Everyone!

Drawing by me, Pilar

Did you know that this week is Mental Illness Awareness Week? Today is actually World Mental Health Day. This is something that hits home because many of you know that I struggle with anxiety and depression. I'm currently dealing with my own personal struggles and it's hard. I've been trying to cope with my mental health issues this for months. All I can do is take one day at a time.

Mental illness isn't a personal failure. It took me the longest time to realized that years ago. I used to be so ashamed that I would feel down and I didn't even know why. I used to think I wasn't normal because I would wake up crying and having intense worry and fear. Yes, I have mental health issues, but that doesn't mean I'm broken.

Drawing by me, Pilar

Last year I found myself suffering in silence and I didn't have to. Even now I remind myself when I feel like I'm suffering,  I don't have to cope with this alone. There is help available.

The world can be a very cruel and ugly place. I'm an advocate for showing compassion and kindness. Pick up the phone and call the people you care about. Visit them to see how they are doing. Do something to show that you care. A small gesture of kindess goes a long way. Support is something you truly appreciate when you have mental health issues.

A tree represents hope

I mentioned this before on my blog and I'll mention it again. Be kind to people. You never know what someone is going through behind closed doors.

Drawing by me, Pilar

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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

A mental health disorder is not a failure and I hope there will come a day when there isn't a stigma about it. Mental health isn't talked about as much as physical health and it is just as important. I'm glad to hear you have moved past feeling ashamed and are getting the help you need Pilar. We should be kind because there are many illnesses that are invisible.

Pilar said...

I think I felt like I was personally failing because I hadn't come to terms that I was having anxiety and depression issues. I was hurting and in dark place. At the time I couldn't see anything except failure which wasn't true at all. Mental health isn't failure, and you're right the stigma needs to end. Emotional health is just as important as physical health. I don't feel ashamed anymore and I know getting treatment was important for my overall health. The world needs more kindness d understanding especially for illnesses that are invisible.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your experiences with mental health.

krishna said...

Oh dear! A big hug for you. you are a fighter.

Pilar said...

You're welcome

Pilar said...

Thank you Krishna

Evi Erlinda said...

Proud of you, Pilar.
you're s strong girl!

Marie said...

Pilar your blog friends are rooting for you. I know you have anxiety and depression, but you are so brave and strong. Over the years you have shared your experiences with depression and anxiety. You're helping people by letting them know they're not alone. Stay strong!

Lisa said...

Always hugs for you girl. I can only imagine the unseen pain inside. I have always believed what you said about always be kind because you never know what someone is going through. That is so true.

You should start another blog that journals your everyday struggles. There are so many people out their struggling and would love to hear your story and how you cope with it. Both the good days and the bad days.

Those drawings by you are awesome.


Adriana Leandro said...

Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Paola Lauretano said...

You are so strong Pilar, thanks for sharing your experience!
Kisses, Paola.


Tanza Erlambang said...

I agree with Rowena that "A mental health disorder is not a failure and I hope there will come a day when there isn't a stigma about it."

Thank you for sharing your story

The Liberty Belle said...

A powerful post.

Pilar said...

Thank you Evi

Pilar said...

Thank you Marie

Pilar said...

Thank you Lisa. It's not easy coping with anxiety and depression. I was actually thinking about staring another blog to discuss mental health issues. I may do that in the future. Right now I want to continue to focus on being in a healthier emotional state. I appreciate the good days, and I work through the bad days. I'm glad you like my drawings.

Pilar said...

You're welcome Adriana

Pilar said...

Thank you Paola, and you're welcome.

Pilar said...

You're welcome Tanza. I also agree with Rowena. That's why I wanted to make sure to state that a mental health disorders is not failure. I used to feel like it was years ago. I only felt like I was personally failing because I wasn't coping with my anxiety and depression.

Pilar said...

Thank you

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