It’s like The Universe is playing a cruel joke on me. Of course, I get the worst bout of depression that I’ve had in a few months on Mental Health Awareness Month. You may have noticed that I’ve been fairly quiet on this little website and it’s because I have been struggling for the last month. The act of getting out of bed feels absolutely daunting every single morning. It hasn’t been easy but I always get through it (I’m trying to not forget that last part).
My diagnosis in 2013 came as a relief. Prior to my diagnosis, I spent a lot of years feeling a little off and I spent most of my teenage years waiting for things to get better. My family is Mexican and adamant that depression is not a real thing, so it took me way too long to finally ask for help. So to be told that I had Clinical Depression felt like a wave of relief. It feels like my journey would have been a lot easier if conversations around mental health were being had around me while I grew up.
So maybe that’s what I want to remind you of on this particular Mental Health Awareness Month. Conversations are necessary.
The reality is: Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. (46.6 million) experiences mental illness in a given year. Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. (11.2 million) experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
Though media has definitely taken some steps in the right direction, we still have a long way to go. I can appreciate the fact that mental health representation has gotten better and more inclusive in the last couple of years but the conversations must expand and become more frequent.
Sweeping these issues under the rug is no longer an option.
Maybe we need to remember that it’s okay to struggle to get out of bed. Social media has made it easy to aim for perfection and when our timelines are full of people keeping it together, it can be easy to dwell over the fact that the many plates that you’re spinning are starting to fall. So in case it’s needed, here is your reminder that it’s okay to not be okay.
I keep finding it difficult to exist on a daily basis so allow me to use this website as an outlet while I attempt to work out my issues. I will be posting various posts related to Mental Health in the upcoming weeks, and if this writer’s block chooses to loosen its grip, I may even add some music and movie reviews within the chaos.
So Happy Mental Health Awareness Month; may you go forth with a present mind, may you remember to check in on your friends, may you practice self-care, may you remember to be forgiving to yourself, may you create a self haven for your feelings and may it all get a little easier.