It affects 1 in 4 people every year. Depression isn’t just feeling sad, you can’t just snap out if it and get on with life. Anxiety isn’t just feeling a little nervous, it’s overpowering, crippling.
The problem is, it can’t been seen. For example, if you break your leg people will be able to see it. You will be in a plaster cast for weeks. People will write messages wishing you a speedy recovery on the cast. Once the cast is removed you will probably need physio. The leg may never be the same again. People can see this and sympathise with you, see you are struggling.
You’ve either suffered with mental health problems and understand how it feels, or you have never had them and will never understand what it does to a person.
The more I blog the more messages I am receiving from people saying that they are struggling. This was the whole reason for starting this site. It’s very sad to know so many people are in a bad place, but at the same time it’s nice to know its not just me/you.
Getting help for mental health is not easy. Yes, there are alot of people out there that can help, but the waiting times are horrendous. Can you imagine having to wait a few weeks before getting treatment for a broken leg? The other problem is of course the cost. Most therapies starting cost is around £45 per hour. There are some free ones, but the waiting time is usually longer.
People with any mental health problems aren’t different or wierd. Please try to understand what they are going through (me included). If you really don’t understand, then at least try to be kind. Just a simple smile can go a long way.
It may feel like it, but you are not alone.