#BellLetsTalk Feels - Random Rant
Updated: Jul 25, 2019
Hey everyone, welcome back to Shades of Tay - blog style!
The few days leading up to #BellLetsTalk has had me feeling extremely anxious and triggered. The hardest part of this day is taking in everyone's stories and really empathizing with them, a lot of stories mentioned I have first hand experienced. While I might not have been diagnosed with depression I sure do remember the days that have been and continue to be next to impossible to get out of bed. While I may not have been diagnosed with anxiety but I do remember the manic episodes that I have had and continue to have.
I am what I know to believe a huge advocate for mental health and ending the stigma, but one day is just not enough. What will happen tomorrow? Will all of you still be there for each and every person you claim to be there for? Or will life "get too busy"?
Another thing that makes today hard is it floods my heart and brain with so many emotions, I have a lost a very precious loved one to a mental illness. No, they may not have ended their own life but they are gone, completely taken from me. It isn't all about the one battling the illness, what about the family members and support teams? Mental illness is not easy for anybody, we need to give credit to everyone for surviving and getting up in the morning.
I love that Bell supports such a great cause and I love that there is so much conversation out there today, I can't help but feel that people will forget about mental health tomorrow. The conversation can never stop. It goes back to the show 13 Reasons Why well it may not have been portrayed the right way for younger generations, but it got people talking about stigma. It was the talk of the kitchen at work, there were people left, right and centre opening up about their stories and their loved ones battles. But that hype is over now, yet the issues out in society still remain.
Everyone has their own battle, their own story, their own strengths, and weaknesses. You do not ever truly know what is going on behind closed doors. Be kind, always - and always listen to people that need you.