Mental illness is a very serious matter, so why is it that these diseases are some of the most overlooked and under-respected illnesses out there? As a woman who battles depression and anxiety and a mother of a child who has his own mental health struggles, I feel personally responsible to shed light on the darkness, to openly and honestly navigate the world of mental health, and to let you know that you are absolutely not alone. Here at Mental Mommy we’ve got nothing but love and support to share with all you moms/dads/brothers/sisters out there who feel alone and lost in the darkness. When you feel as if there couldn’t possibly be another person out there in this big ol’ world that knows and understands what it feels like to be prisoner to the things going on in your head, when you feel the darkness closing in and the pain becomes too much to bear, don’t you forget that there are millions of people out there that know exactly how that feels and they too are feeling alone. We can bind together and kick-start a movement to abolish the misunderstanding and stigma that surrounds mental health. We have the power to change the narrative, remove the shame, and create an environment where people feel comfortable being honest about what they are going through.
I believe that Leo Rosten said it best: “The purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is above all, to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made a difference.” Who better to make that difference, than us, the people who have first-hand experience with mental illness? Please join me in spreading the word to those that feel alone and lost, that we are here. We have your back. We will carry your load. We will be there in your darkest hour. Lastly, we will walk this thing called “life” with you.
You. Are. Not. Alone.